The Gambling Clinic
The Gambling Clinic
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    “Taking the Mystery Out of the Machine: A Guide to Understanding Slot Machines.”
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The Gambling Clinic

Talking to someone you love about their gambling can be difficult – you do not want them to be angry or feel betrayed, but you do want to let them know you are concerned. Knowing how to start can help you find the courage to have the conversation.

We recommend the following steps.

  • Be conversational and not confrontational. When confronted, people tend to feel backed into a corner and not likely to consider the benefits of making changes.
  • Let the person know you care. Be supportive, not judgmental.
  • Listen. We are all more likely to hear something if we feel like we have been heard. So listen. Don't tell. When they are listened to, people are more willing to admit their mistakes or problems.
  • Always consider giving information. You will have time to advise someone, but wait until they ask for it. Until asked for your advice, try just giving information.
  • Help them understand that you are concerned because you care. Be specific about the actions that concern you.
  • Ask them if talking to someone about their gambling might help, and offer to help them get in touch with these resources. The goal is to help them realize that changing their gambling habits would be for the better.

First, be informed. Before starting a discussion, learn about problem gambling and the resources available by visiting this site and/or contacting us, calling the State of Tennessee Redline (800-889-9789), the National Gambling Hotline (800-522-4700) or contacting Gamblers Anonymous. If you would like more information, you can give us a call at 901-678-STOP or email us at gambling@memphis.edu.

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