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Seeing someone you care about struggle with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts or mental health can be tough. Many of us want to help a friend or loved one, but don't know where to start.  That’s why Your Life Iowa is here for you. 24/7. 

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When a loved one or friend is experiencing a problem with gambling, it can also take a toll on your emotional, mental and physical health. People don't always gamble just for the money. They also gamble because they seek to escape boredom, stress, grief or a troubled relationship. Because they need time to not worry. Because they’re tired, depressed or emotionally drained. Or because they might be lonely or grieving.

If you have a loved one affected by problem gambling, you’re not alone. 1-800-BETS-OFF from Your Life Iowa offers free, confidential support whenever you need it. When you contact us, you can learn strategies to help you and your loved one, including how to:

  • Confront and stop enabling behaviors
  • Restore normal life routines
  • Reinforce appropriate actions for recovery
  • Distance yourself from the problem behavior
  • Not blame yourself for the problem and take responsibility for your own life

Whether you want more information about problem gambling, would like to connect to a treatment professional or just want to talk to someone, we’re here for you. Call us, text us or chat with us online.