Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use
Knowledge Exchange

Healing Family Relationships

It is important to restore trust with family members. This may feel impossible now. Not every relationship survives a gambling problem.

But for some families, working together on problems can make relationships stronger. A range of services is available in Ontario that can help your family get back on track. These include individual, couple and family therapy, support and information groups, educational workshops, and more.

To help restore trust, you can also:

  • Identify the ways in which you still trust the person
  • Encourage the person to be honest about his or her gambling urges, and accept what you hear. Reward the person’s honesty with understanding, support and help in solving problems
  • Ask the person to help ease your worries. For example, if you are afraid that he or she is gambling instead of working, ask if you can sometimes call to ease your fears
  • Encourage the person to do some family tasks. Be positive when he or she does so
  • Once a week, talk together about past hurts or about your worries for the future. Be honest about your feelings. Then for the rest of the week, take care of the present
  • Take time to have fun together, without talking about gambling problems
  • Remember that it takes time to restore trust

If you need more time to talk about your hurt and angry feelings, consider going to a support group or a counsellor.

Self-Help for Family and Friends
Does someone you care about gamble too much? With these interactive excercises, learn why they gamble and what you can do to help.
Gambling Quiz
Answering these nine questions will help you understand if gambling is having a negative impact on your life.
Self-Help for Those who Gamble
Do you gamble? These interactive tools will help you explore, cut down or stop gambling.
Monitor Your Gambling & Urges
Use this tool to keep track of when you gamble, or feel the urge to gamble. Mobile App also available.
Introductory Video
View a short introductory video to learn more about the Self-Help Gambling Tools.