Recognising and treating gambling addiction

Gambling addiction can disrupt a person's life, causing financial woes, straining family ties and even leading to a life of crime, say experts. But, like all medical illnesses, the right treatment can help addicts recover.
Gambling addiction can disrupt a person's life, causing financial woes, straining family ties and even leading to a life of crime, say experts. But, like all medical illnesses, the right treatment can help addicts recover.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Noticing warning signs, offering support and counselling can help

Mr Yeo (not his real name), an engineer in his fifties, began gambling for fun at Chinese New Year gatherings when he was just 13.

As he grew older, he would play slot machines at a social recreational club, betting $10 to $20 to pass his time. However, over time, he found himself betting more and more at each session. He even took bank loans to cover his losses.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2018, with the headline 'Recognising and treating gambling addiction'. Print Edition | Subscribe