• Have you noticed changes in your child’s mood (more often than usual, that is!)?
• Has she or he been more secretive lately and/or stopped hanging out with old friends?
• Have you been missing money or thought you‘ve been misplacing things?
• Has he or she spent an unusual amount of time watching and listening to sports or playing cards?
• Does your child have an intense reaction to the outcome of a game regardless of which team wins?
It’s possible that these may be warning signs that your child could have a gambling problem or the beginning of one? Unlike other problem behaviors, there are no physical signs to detect if someone is gambling. They don’t smell like a deck of cards or have dice marks on their arms.
So, talk to your kids about gambling, they know more than you think! If you have questions, need more information, or need help please contact the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addiction at 607-432-0090 or at www.leafinc.org. We can also be found on Twitter @LEAFCouncil and on Facebook www.facebook.com/leafinc.
Julie Dostal is the Executive Director of the LEAF Council on Alcoholism and Addiction and President of the Council on Addiction of New York State.