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.