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Signs That Your Spouse Has a Gambling Problem

by S. Grey

Gambling can pose significant issues for you and your spouse. Pay close attention to your spouse's behavior if you suspect he or she has a problem. You may need to intervene or find a counselor.

Frequent Gambling

Gambling is recreational, but if you notice that your spouse has been gambling often, she may have a problem. Someone with an addiction will spend more time gambling. This leads to less time at home with loved ones. If confronted, she will likely downplay the issue.

Secrecy

Secrecy about gambling is a warning sign. Initially, you may notice that your spouse does not share details of his day with you, and that he is gone for extended periods. Over time, he may become increasingly withdrawn or possibly irritable when asked what he has been doing, especially if you ask if he has been gambling.

Less Money

If you suspect your spouse has a gambling problem, pay attention to sudden or dramatic losses of income. As gambling problems worsen, people look for money to fund it instead of paying bills. Unpaid or late bills can indicate a gambling problem. If you know your spouse has been gambling and you have noticed a simultaneous drop in your finances, she may have a gambling problem.

Trouble Controlling Gambling

Trouble controlling impulses to gamble is a significant indicator of a gambling problem. He may buy lottery tickets whenever he gets gas, or he may play slot machines, which are sometimes available at gas stations. If you have the opportunity to go to a casino with him, you may notice that he takes trips to the ATM when he runs out of money and finds excuses to keep playing.

About the Author

S. Grey has a Master of Science in counseling psychology from the University of Central Arkansas. He is also pursuing a PhD and has a love for psychology, comic books and social justice. He has been published in a text on social psychology and regularly presents research at regional psychology conferences.

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