Awareness and prevention
Money can be a sensitive subject for many people, and it can become even more sensitive when a gambling problem exists.
If someone close to you has a gambling problem, you may need to protect your finances.
These tips for partners, family and friends will suit some people and their circumstances, but not others. It's a good idea to speak with a financial counsellor when deciding how to approach money issues.
Partners of people with gambling problems can sometimes face financial stress. You may need to cut back on spending or increase work hours.
You may also have to take on the role of looking after your family's finances and controlling your partner's access to money.
Together with a financial counsellor, you could consider:
If you are a family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem, you may want to consider:
While recovering, someone with a gambling problem may decide to grant a family member or friend power of attorney to control their money in the short term.
For more information about getting help when someone close to you has a gambling problem, see:
You can also call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 for free, professional advice, including financial counselling. Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If you would like to chat live with a counsellor online, visit gambling help online. This service is also available 24/7.