|Posted: April 12, 2007, 11:25 am - IP Logged|
It's difficult to say, DoubleDown, because it really depends on your relationship. If the person has a gambling problem, meaning it is having a devastating effect on his/her life, then counseling is needed. However, an intervention doesn't work unless someone has a desire to stop whatever he/she is addicted to like drinking, drugs or gambling. Sometimes a person will stop for a short time, but a commitment to change is always the key to any bad habit.
$100 a day is a lot of money to lose. I once posted that I often lost hundreds when I used to take vacations in Vegas or Aruba, but I budgeted that into my trip cost before I went. Then I stopped going to places where they have gambling or I'd book a hotel without a casino. I never had what anyone would call a gambling problem, but I knew I should just stay away from it.
I guess the only opinion I can post here is that if this person is a close friend or relative, I'd try to counsel him. You really can't do anything to help if an adult won't listen, but it never hurts to sit down and have a serious chat with someone you care about. Just keep the conversation non-judgmental without attacking the person's character. It's the behavior you dislike, not the person.