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  • 1. Unit 9.5 Transparency 3 HOW DO I COPE WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS A GAMBLING PROBLEM? • Don't lend the gambler money; the person will be tempted to use the money for gambling instead for paying debts. • Put your energies into protecting yourself financially, physically and emotionally. • It is normal to feel betrayed and angry. Acknowledge your feelings and learn appropriate ways to express them. • Be honest. • Talk to people you trust about your situation. • Solve your own problems - you can't solve someone else's problems for them. • Allow the problem gambler to face the consequences of their actions; don't protect them. • Allow the person to take responsibility for his or her own behaviour. • Understand that you are not to blame for the problem and that you cannot force the person to stop gambling. • Encourage the gambler to seek professional help. • Offer to assist the person to get therapy. • Help them get involved in non-gambling activities. • Seek professional support and advice to help yourself. • Start living your own life and doing things you enjoy. • Be clear about your boundaries - make up your mind what you are and are not willing to accept. • Treat excessive gamblers in the same way as you would treat other addicts - with detachment and kindness. Grade 9 | Unit 9.5 | Page 10