Gambling is an addiction and those implicated may require professional help to overcome their addiction. Gambling can affect the functioning of family relationships.
The entire family can suffer as a result of the behaviour and thinking of the gambling addict. The severity of how each family is impacted on depends on the severity of the gambling problem and how long it has gone on for. This can result in serious financial, psychological, emotional and legal problems for the family unit, completely undermining family functioning, often to the point of a collapse.