I have recently given my support to GamFam, a new gambling charity set up by the parents of a recovering compulsive gambler to offer support and advice to other families facing the same situation.
Knowing first hand, the signs to look out for and the avenues of help that are available makes GamFam such a unique and valuable source for other parents facing the overwhelming fear and confusion that comes with having a child gripped by addiction.
Addiction can change a person into someone who becomes withdrawn, deceitful or abusive. It can shatter relationships and destroy families. GamFam aims to offer much needed support and to signpost families to the help they desperately need.
It is wonderful to see people using their own difficult experiences in a positive way and I am so proud to be a part of it.
We are parents of a recovering compulsive gambler. If only we knew then what we know now I am sure our family would not have suffered so much. We want to help parents and families recognise the early warning signs that are out there and learn from the mistakes we made.
Simulated gambling games are more popular than ever.
Children are able to experience the thrill of gambling through online gaming without winning or losing real money.
A recent report found that children who enjoyed the risk of simulated gambling games were more likely to gamble later on in life.
If parents are able to spot the early warning signs then there a series of preventative measures that can be put in place to help minimise the potential risk of a young person developing a compulsive gambling disorder.
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