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PROBLEM GAMBLING AND THE FAMILY. PROBLEM GAMBLING IS A FAMILY MATTER. TREATMENT INSTITUTE JUNE 29, 2007. Donna Whitmire, Problem Gambling Counselor and Linda Graves, Problem Gambling Program Manager, DASA. Problem Gambling is a Family Matter.

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problem gambling and the family
PROBLEM GAMBLING AND THE FAMILY

PROBLEM GAMBLING IS A FAMILY MATTER

TREATMENT INSTITUTE

JUNE 29, 2007

Donna Whitmire, Problem Gambling Counselor

and

Linda Graves, Problem Gambling Program Manager, DASA

problem gambling is a family matter
ProblemGambling is a Family Matter
  • Progression of the Family with Problem Gambling Issues
  • A Family Out of the Money
  • Understanding the Three C’s in Family Recovery
  • Family Systems Therapy
denial phase
Denial Phase
  • Occasional worries
  • Keeps concerns to self
  • Makes excuses for gambling
  • Considers gambling temporary
  • Questions unpaid bills
  • Easily reassured
  • Unexplained financial crisis
  • Accepts remorse of gambler
stress phase
Stress Phase

- Spouse spends less time with family

- Arguments

- Spouse feels rejected

- Demands upon gambler

- Attempts to control gambling

- Provides bailouts

- Avoids children, family and friends

- Isolation

exhaustion phase

Exhaustion Phase

Intense resentment

Thinking impaired

Confusion

Physical symptoms

Immobilization

Doubts sanity

Rage

Anxiety-panic

three c s in family recovery
Three C’s in Family Recovery
  • Communication
  • Compromise
  • Commitment
family systems therapy
Family Systems Therapy

Structural Family Therapy– Minucin

Observed family interactions

  • family structure rules
  • Flexibility of boundaries
  • Enmeshment in families
  • Disengaged-rigid families
  • Aligned family systems
  • Coalitions – between family members against another family member
family systems therapy1
Family Systems Therapy
  • Murray Bowen developed a system where he saw psychological characteristics in families were passed on generationally with:
    • Fusion
    • Differentiation
    • Pseudo self
    • Triangulation
    • Family projection process
    • Emotional cut-off
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Thanks a bunch for your participation!

Donna Whitmire, NCGC-II

dwwanna@aol.com

Linda Graves, NCGC-II

gravell@dshs.wa.gov