Gambling addiction is a serious problem globally. The biggest hurdle in solving this, though, is that most addicts tend to deny that they have a problem. How can you deal with the problem if you can’t confirm it? Concerned family members and employers are turning to hiring detectives and private investigators who specialise in finding the necessary evidenceto help loved ones before it is too late.

Here are some key signs to look out for when determining whether a problem exists, before hiring a private investigator:

The Freudian Slip

A Freudian slip is what we call it when people unintentionally say or do things that reveal their subconscious thoughts. In the case of a gambling addiction, these individuals tend to mention gambling far more frequently than they would have before, and more than ordinary people (people who don’t gamble frequently or at all) would in conversation. Something like constantly saying “I bet” or talking about how much they could have won if they’d placed a bet on something are common signs.

Drastic Changes in Habits or Movements

Especially in the case of close friends and family, you’ll be well aware of a person’s habits and movements. They may work late some days, but if the number of late nights at work drastically increases and the person becomes defensive when asked about where they’ve been and why they’re acting strange, that could be a clear sign that something is up.

Take note: You should never corner the person and interrogate them. Especially in severe cases, emotions will run high on either end and the situation could explode into something dangerous or just generally unpleasant. The safest option is to hire a private investigator to discreetly handle this for you. They are professionals, and they will keep conflict and emotional bias out of their work.

A Spike in Need for Money

This is one of the most alarming signs in any addiction. As addicts grow more hooked on the habit, they need more money to fund it. They will start asking for money, constantly saying they don’t have enough, but being very vague in explaining where it’s going. Some even claim that they are being robbed on almost a daily basis (which is highly unlikely, no matter the crime rate).

When you find that along with this behaviour there is money disappearing, it’s definitely time to hire a private investigator. They will be able to use surveillance to tell you exactly where they go, what they are doing with their money, and whether they are stealing from you and others to fund their addiction.

It may seem untrusting and daunting, but contacting a professional private investigation firm is the safest way for you to confirm what sort of trouble your loved ones are getting into. Remember, by knowing what the problem is you can make a plan to help them.

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