Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

Do you struggle with gambling, or know someone who does? Your Lao community is here for you.

If you find yourself losing money from gambling on a regular basis, you might feel alone. But the truth is, problem gambling is common — and others in your community have faced it as well. The good news is, there’s always hope for recovery. No matter how alone you might feel, you’re surrounded by support that comes in many forms.

Whether you’re regularly going to the casino, sports betting on your phone, or dealing with another form of gambling, it’s possible to stop — and regain financial stability so you can reach your goals.

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Who is affected by problem gambling?

Gambling can become an issue for people of all ages, whether you’re a teenager, a grandparent, or somewhere in between.

If you’re just discovering gambling for the first time, it can be especially tricky to learn how much is too much, or when it’s time to stop.

If you’ve spent years building up your savings and are having trouble keeping your finances safe from gambling urges that feel uncontrollable, it’s never too late to get back on your feet.

How to talk to someone you love about problem gambling

If you care about someone who you suspect is struggling with gambling, you likely want to help, but it can feel tricky to begin the conversation.

Being patient, calm, and open to their feelings is a great way to begin. Focusing on listening, while respecting the other person’s privacy and your relationship — whether they’re an older or younger family member, or close friend, is a thoughtful approach that can help them feel comfortable.

It’s possible to practice cultural sensitivity to Lao traditions by simply asking questions such as “How have you been lately?” or “I’m always here for you.” These can begin to set the stage for them to feel more comfortable confiding in you.

For many, gambling is something enjoyed with friends and family. But, when you find yourself gambling because you need money or spending more than you can afford, it can become cause for concern. If you find yourself not willing to go home, roaming around the casino venue all night long gambling with more money than you intended to, or trying to win back losses, these are signs of a possible problem that could quickly progress out of control.

“Gambling was a problem for me until I learned to let it go.”


Sometimes it’s hard to see if you have a problem.

Take this self assessment to figure out if you do.

We are here to help. You can overcome problem gambling.

Many people who have struggled with a gambling problem have discovered that it is possible to enjoy a happy life once again and rebuild family relationships. To learn more, give us a call at 612-374-4967.

Family Dynamics and Problem Gambling

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