Problem gamblers are more likely than non-problem gamblers to experience a range of problems, both recent and on-going.
When compared to non-problem gamblers, problem gamblers were significantly more likely to have experienced the following life events in the last 12 months:
- the death of someone close to them;
- a divorce;
- legal difficulties;
- a major injury or illness to either themselves or someone close;
- trouble with work, boss or superiors;
- a major change to their financial situation; and
- an increase in arguments with someone close.
Source: A study of gambling in Victoria: Problem gambling from a public health perspective. Victorian-gambling-study-wave-two-findings.pdf
EFFECT OF LIFE
People with gambling problems also exhibit a greater likelihood of experiencing a range of other health compromising behaviours. People with gambling problems are more likely than non-problem gamblers to experience:
- anxiety disorders;
- alcohol use problems;
- substance dependence or abuse; and
- nicotine dependence.
Source: Petry, Stinson & Grant (2005) Co-morbidity of DSM-IV pathological gambling and other psychiatric disorders: Results from the national epidemiologic survey on alcohol and related conditions.
Our counselling staff are aware of the interrelationships between other life experiences and problem gambling and are experienced in working with clients to address gambling as it interacts with these other life issues.