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What QUESTIONS should a Peer Support Worker ask a client who is struggling with GAMBLING ADDICTION?

When working with a client struggling with gambling addiction, a Peer Support Worker should ask open-ended, non-judgmental questions to gain a deeper understanding of their situation and to help them explore their thoughts and feelings. Here are some questions that may be helpful:

Introduction and Engagement:

  • "Hi [client's name], how are you feeling today?"

  • "Can you tell me a bit about yourself and what brought you here today?"

  • "When did you first notice that gambling became a concern for you?"

  • "Can you describe the types of gambling activities you're involved in?"

  • "How has gambling affected your daily life, relationships, and overall well-being?"

  • "Are there specific consequences or challenges you're currently facing due to your gambling?"

  • "Can you identify any specific triggers or situations that lead you to gamble?"

  • "Are there patterns or routines associated with your gambling behavior?"

  • "What made you decide to seek support for your gambling?"

  • "What positive changes are you hoping to achieve in your life by addressing your gambling addiction?"

  • "Have you tried to quit or reduce your gambling in the past? What was that experience like?"

  • "What strategies have you used before, and what seemed to work or not work for you?"

  • "Who in your life is aware of your struggle with gambling, and how have they reacted?"

  • "Is there anyone you feel comfortable involving in your support network?"

  • "How do you typically cope with stress, boredom, or difficult emotions?"

  • "Are there healthier alternatives or coping strategies you would like to explore?"

  • "What are your short-term and long-term goals for yourself, both related to gambling and in general?"

  • "How do you envision your life without the negative impact of gambling?"

  • "Can you identify specific situations or environments that trigger your urge to gamble?"

  • "Are there certain emotions or states of mind that make you more susceptible to gambling?"

  • "How do you feel about your relationship with gambling, and what changes would you like to see?"

  • "In what ways do you think your life would improve if you were able to manage your gambling behavior?"

  • "Have you considered seeking professional help, such as counseling or therapy?"

  • "What challenges or concerns do you have about reaching out to a professional for support?"

Remember, the key is to listen actively, express empathy, and collaborate with the individual to develop a plan for positive change. These questions can serve as a starting point, but the conversation should be tailored to the client's unique experiences and needs.



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