The first few months of every New Year brings a focus to finances and financial discussions, whether it’s in the context of a new year’s resolution or preparation to file taxes in the spring. Financial discussions within the family may not always be easy, especially in this current time of heightened stress. Add into the mix a family member whose gambling is viewed as problematic, and the tensions and anxiety can rise to new levels.
For those who gamble excessively, a trip to the casino, bingo night or a lottery scratch-off ticket can be viewed as a “quick fix” for all financial problems and a way to erase past losses and begin anew. But following this flawed strategy can cause even more stress and debt, especially to the family unit. For each individual struggling with problematic gambling behaviors, approximately seven to ten people are directly affected, including family members and even co-workers.