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In the end, the family can recover from the negative consequences of a problem gambling. The spouse or family members may hide their feelings and refrain from saying certain things, afraid that it may trigger an explosive outburst. Phase 2 interviews included questions about participant and family member mental health, substance use, general health, gambling-related family impacts, and gambling-related coping strategies, as well as the open-ended questions described above. CNS Spectrums: The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine— When a gambling craving strikes: Avoid isolation.Gambling problems can affect a person’s whole life. Gambling is a problem when it: • gets in the way of work, school or other activities • harms your mental or physical health • hurts you financially • damages your reputation • causes problems with your family or friends. Problem gambling : a guide for friends & family. Reprinted ISBN 0 9. 1. Gamblers ’ spouses - Services for - South Australia. 2. Compulsive gamblers - Family relationships. There is widespread acceptance that gambling has negative impacts on individuals, communities and society more broadly. This is nowhere more keenly felt than within the families and close knit friendship circles of people with gambling problems.