7000 Piper Glen Drive - Suite C - Springfield, Illinois 62707 - (217) 483-7104
 Problem Gambling 
Problem gamblers believe that somehow, some day, at some "other" time, they will control their gambling.

To the Gambler

Are you gambling your life away? Are these familiar words? "One more hit and I am never going to gamble again... Please just let me win this one time and I am never coming back... I'll get it back the next time"

The Twenty Questions....
  1. Did you ever lose time from work due gambling?

  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

  3. Did gambling affect your reputation?

  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

  5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?

  6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

  7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?

  8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

  9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

  10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

  12. Were you reluctant to use 'gambling money' for normal expenditures?

  13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself and your family?

  14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

  17. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?

  18. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

  19. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

  20. Have you ever considered self destruction as a result of your gambling?

What was your score?

If you answered yes to 7 or more of these questions, gambling may be a problem and you should seek a professional opinion.

To the family of a gambler

The gambler is not the only one who is effected... This insidious hidden addiction can negatively impact many people and many areas of life. Has the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up your family?

The Twenty Questions for a loved one...

  1. Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors?

  2. Is this person in question away from home for a long, unexplained period of time?

  3. Does this person ever lose time from work due to gambling?

  4. You you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?

  5. Does this person in question faithfully promise that he or she will stop gambling, then beg and plead for another chance, yet gamble again and again.

  6. Does this person ever gamble longer then he or she intended to, until the last dollar was gone?

  7. Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will be the family material comfort and wealth?

  8. Does this person immediately return to gambling to try to recover losses, or to win more?

  9. Does this person borrow money to gamble with or to pay gambling debts?

  10. Has this person's reputation suffered due to gambling, even to the extent of committing illegal acts to finance gambling?

  11. Have you come to the point of hiding money needed for living expenses, knowing that you and the rest of the family ma go without food and clothing if you do not.

  12. Do you search this person's clothing or go through his or her wallet when the opportunity presents itself, or otherwise check on his or her activities.

  13. Do you hide his or her money?

  14. Have you noticed a significant change in the gambler and his or her gambling progresses?

  15. Does this person in question constantly lie to cover-up or deny his or her gambling activities?

  16. Does this person use guilt induction as a method of shifting responsibilities for his or her gambling activities?

  17. Do you attempt to anticipate this person's moods, or try to control his or her life?

  18. Does this person ever suffer from remorse or depression due to gambling, sometimes to the point of self destruction?

  19. Has the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up the family unit?

  20. Do you feel that your life together is a nightmare?
What was your score?

If you answered yes to 6 or more of these questions, you are living with a compulsive gambler.