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Twenty Questions

Concerned Persons 20 Questions
Gamblers Anonymous has 20 questions which it asks concerned persons. Family or friends of Gamblers usually answer yes to at least six of the twenty questions:

  1. Do you find yourself constantly bothered by bill collectors?

  2. Is the person in question often away from home for long unexplained periods of time?

  3. Does this person ever lose time from work due to gambling?

  4. Do you feel that this person cannot be trusted with money?

  5. Does the person in question promise that he/she will stop gambling; plead for another chance, yet gamble again and again?

  6. Does this person ever gamble longer than he or she intended to, until the last dollar is gone?

  7. Does this person immediately return to gambling to try to recover losses, or to win more?

  8.  Does this person ever gamble to get money to solve financial difficulties, or have unrealistic expectations that gambling will bring the family material Comfort and wealth?

  9. Does this person borrow money to gamble with or to pay gambling debts?

  10. Has this person's reputation ever suffered due to gambling, to the extent of committing illegal acts to finance gambling?

  11.  Have you come to the point of hiding money needed for living expenses knowing that you and the rest of the family may go without food and clothing it you do not?

  12.  Do you search this person's clothing or go through his/her wallet when the opportunity presents itself, or otherwise check on his or her activities?

  13. Does this person in question hide his/her money?

  14.  Have you noticed a personality change in the gambler as his or her gambling progresses?

  15. Does the person in question consistently lie to cover-up or deny his or her gambling activities?

  16. Does this person use guilt induction as a method of shifting responsibilities for his or her gambling upon you?

  17. Do you attempt to anticipate this person's moods or try to control his/her life?

  18. Does this person ever suffer from remorse or depression due to gambling sometimes to the point of self-destruction?

  19. Has the gambling ever brought you to the point of threatening to break up the family unit?

  20. Do you feel that your life together is a nightmare?



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