How Gambling Addiction Affects The Family

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How Gambling Addiction Affects The Family?

Gambling disorder involves persistent gambling behaviors despite negative impacts on personal, professional, and financial well-being.

Who is at Risk

  • Family: The disorder affects the individual but also significantly impacts their family.
    • Emotional Shock: Family members may experience shock and stress upon discovering the gambling issue, leading to altered perspectives and increased stress.
    • Most Affected: The partner and children of the gambler often bear the brunt of the emotional and sometimes physical repercussions.
  • Gambler's Response: Acknowledging the problem can bring relief to the gambler, but it introduces new challenges for the family.
    • Family's Initial Reaction: Family members often show greater concern and anxiety about the gambling problem than the gambler, who may minimize the addiction's severity.

The Ripple Effect on Families

Gambling addiction profoundly impacts families, creating a cascade of emotional, financial, and relational challenges.

  • Emotional Distress: Family members often experience a wide range of emotions, including shock, betrayal, and anxiety, upon discovering the gambling problem.
  • Financial Strain: The addiction can lead to significant financial difficulties, including debt accumulation and loss of savings, which affect the entire family.
  • Relationship Breakdown: Trust and communication within the family can deteriorate, leading to strained or broken relationships.

Immediate and Extended Family Impact

The consequences of gambling addiction extend to both immediate and extended family members, with varying degrees of severity.

  • Spouses and Children: Experience the most direct and profound impacts, including emotional turmoil and financial insecurity.
  • Extended Family: May also suffer from the stress and fallout of the addiction, particularly if they are financially or emotionally involved.

The Cycle of Response

Families typically go through a three-phase cycle in response to gambling addiction:

  1. Denial Phase:
    1. Refusal to acknowledge the problem.
    2. Belief that the gambling behavior is not harmful.
  2. Stress Phase:
    1. Recognition of the severity of the addiction.
    2. Attempts to help the gambler, often enabling the addiction.
  3. Exhaustion Phase:
    1. Overwhelming stress and frustration.
    2. Physical and psychological health issues among family members.

The Path to Recovery

For families facing gambling addiction, seeking professional help is crucial.

  • Consult Healthcare Professionals: Access expert advice and support for dealing with addiction.
  • Rehabilitation Units: Specialized services can provide tailored treatment and recovery programs.
  • Support Networks: Associations for compulsive gambling offer resources and community support for gamblers and their families.

Expert Insight

Effective management and recovery from gambling addiction require a holistic approach:

  • Understanding the Addiction: Families should educate themselves about the nature of gambling disorder and its effects.
  • Professional Intervention: Engaging with healthcare and rehabilitation professionals is key to addressing the complex needs of the gambler and the family.
  • Supportive Environment: Creating a family dynamic that promotes open communication, mutual support, and resilience is essential for recovery.

Conclusion

After the notification of pathological gambling suffered by a family member, the family tends to be overwhelmed, they do not know very well what to do, where to go, how to act. The best thing is to put themselves in the hands of professionals, consult their health centers of reference, where they will be referred to the specific rehabilitation units that will help them understand and treat this type of disease and to the associations of people affected by compulsive gambling that help and care for this group, both the patients themselves and their families.

References

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History
Federación Española de Jugadores de Azar Rehabilitados
2015
Intervención en el entorno familiar de personas con conductas adictivas. La familia, un agente más en el cambio.
https://proyectohombre.es/biblografia_fejar/
American Psychiatric Association, DSM-5 Task Force
2013
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders
https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2013-14907-000

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Paruyr Shahbazyan began his business career in 2000 as a private entrepreneur. Over thirteen years, he developed a deep understanding for business and leadership, laying a solid foundation for his professional journey.

In 2013, Paruyr stepped into the sports and betting industry as the founder and president of Bookmaker Rating. This online mass media platform, which he led until 2020, focused on providing in-depth analysis and insights in sports betting, earning a reputation for its quality content. 

Continuing his innovative approach in 2022, Paruyr co-founded Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol. This venture showcases his dedication to integrating advanced technology in the evolving landscape of sports betting. Through these diverse experiences, Paruyr has continuously influenced and shaped the betting industry, driving new trends and setting high standards.

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Co-founder at Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol2022

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Paruyr Shahbazyan's core beliefs lie in the power of informed decision-making and integrity in the betting industry. He understands that the foundation of successful betting is not just about odds and predictions, but also about the trust and reliability of the information provided. Paruyr advocates for a betting environment where transparency and knowledge are paramount, ensuring that bettors are well-equipped with accurate data and insights.

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Paruyr's vision is to revolutionize the sports betting industry through the integration of technology. He sees the future of betting as a blend of traditional sports knowledge with innovative tech solutions, like decentralized protocols, to enhance user experience and fairness. His aim is to create platforms that are not only user-friendly but also uphold the highest standards of ethical betting, contributing to a more responsible and enjoyable betting culture.

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Looking towards the future, Paruyr envisions a betting landscape that is more inclusive, technologically advanced, and globally connected. He anticipates a significant shift towards more decentralized and transparent betting systems, driven by blockchain technology. Paruyr is committed to being at the forefront of this change, continuously exploring new possibilities and innovations that can redefine what it means to engage in sports betting in a digital world. His focus is on building systems that prioritize user empowerment, fairness, and the global growth of the sports betting community.

 

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Nick has covered baseball and hockey for outlets like The Athletic, Sportsnet, and Yahoo Sports, and his sports betting expertise has grown since its legalization in Ontario in 2022. 

Between 2022 and 2023 he worked for a betting startup called NorthStar Bets, and in 2024 he contributed to Oddspedia before joining the Responsible Gambling team.

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