It has been determined that each problem gambler has a profound, adverse effect on about seven other people. If you are a family member or friend of a problem gambler, this is not news to you. Hereis a list of just a few examples, for those of you who are unfamiliar with this illness, that are quite often the results of untreated, problem gambling.

If you are a spouse, parent, child, sibling, friend, employer or co-worker of a problem gambler and have been trying to find treatment for the problem gambler that will end this emotional nightmare, stop. Like alcoholics and drug abusers, there is nothing you can say or do that will motivate the problem gambler to stop gambling. Only the gambling addict will make the decision to stop gambling and get help.

Please do not despair. While you cannot help the compulsive gambler to stop gambling, there are free resources to help yourself and your family to deal with the situation. Gam-Anon, for example, has helped thousands, providing tools to recover from gambling problem without cost to you.

Problem Gambling California is a social services organization located in Sacramento, CA.