Help for Loved Ones

Are you concerned that someone you love might be gambling too much?

The first thing you might be wondering is if your family member really does have gambling disorder. Remember, gambling disorder can affect anyone, and though certain things might make someone more likely to experience gambling disorder, gambling disorder does not discriminate. Educate yourself by learning to recognize the signs, and from there we can help you move forward. Gam-Anon also offers support groups for those whose loved ones are struggling with gambling disorder.

For some people gambling can be a serious problem. There are social, financial and emotional costs that affect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.  To receive information about having a family member with gambling disorder and next steps towards recovery via mail, contact Recovery and Outreach Coordinator, Jodie Nealley –

*Please note that we can only send information to someone who has requested it themselves. We cannot send information to another individual on your behalf.

You are not alone

If your loved one is struggling with a gambling disorder, you are not alone. Council staff can provide support via phone at 1.800-426-1234.  We can also help you connect with others who have suffered the effects of a loved one’s gambling disorder and have valuable understanding and insight to share.

Additional Resources for Families

Remember, you can always contact the Council for additional resources, and to find a compassionate listener who understands. We would also encourage you to visit our useful links page for additional resources. To find tips including what to say if someone’s gambling concerns you click here.

If you are a parent concerned about your child’s gambling, “Problem Gambling: A Guide for Parents” is a great resource from the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario.  Project Turnabout also offers a wonderful guide for family members, “Hope and Help for Families”.


“From the beginning, I felt I was in a knowledgeable, nurturing, caring and non-judgmental environment. I felt welcomed and that I was among people who encouraged me to be open and honest about my gambling addiction. The retreat was very beneficial for me, I am in recovery and after this weekend I can honestly say that I will stay this way.”
– Sam