Sometimes someone else’s gambling can affect the health and well-being of others. The gambling behaviour is often hidden and unexpected, while its effects can be confusing, stressful and long-lasting. To help us identify if this is a factor in your own well-being could you answer the questions below to the best of your ability.
This is an awareness-raising questionnaire that allows a person affected by another's gambling to indicate what assistance they desire. Problem gambling centres work with the person affected by gambling as fully and seriously as the gamblers themselves.
COGS (Concerned Others' Gambling Screen)
Developed by Dr Sean Sullivan, Abacus Counselling & Training Services Ltd, www.acts.co.nz
Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help fellowship of men and women who have been affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. We understand as perhaps few can. We are familiar with worry and sleepless nights and promises made only to be broken. (Gam-Anon is an international practice. For more info click here)
The message of Gam-Anon is: Come join with us. We too were alone, afraid, and unable to cope with the deterioration in our relationships, the financial problems, and the debt caused by the gambling problem. We know that living with the effects of a loved one's gambling can be too devastating to bear without help.
Through Gam-Anon we find our way back to a normal way of thinking and living whether or not our loved ones continue to gamble.
If a gambling problem is affecting your life, you may find help at a Gam-Anon meeting.
Contact Oasis Auckland on (09) 638 0801 or email Auckland_Oasis@nzf.salvationarmy.org for further details.