Gambling Doesn’t Solve Debt Problems

10 Dec Gambling Doesn’t Solve Debt Problems

Gambling to “solve” financial problems is one of 20 signs of problem gambling. according to Gamblers Anonymous, a 12-step recovery program for people who are compulsive gamblers.

Some other signs of a gambling problem: losing time from work due to gambling, gambling to get money to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties, borrowing to finance gambling, and selling property to finance gambling.

As a bankruptcy attorney who helps people with financial difficulties, I can tell you that compulsive gambling causes debt problems. Fortunately, help is available from the following three organizations:

  • Gamblers Anonymous, National Service Office
    Information for those with gambling disorders as well as for their family and friends
    888-GA-HELPS (888-424-3577)
  • National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
    Learn more about problem gambling and the council’s toll-free helpline
    (800) 522-4700
  • Gam-Anon
    Information for family and friends of those with gambling disorders
    (816) 545-4368


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Jill Michaux has helped Kansas consumers with debt problems for three decades. She and her partner, Mark Neis, are Topeka's only bankruptcy specialists, board certified in consumer bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification. She help start the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.

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