Our expert says:
Actually, some people very distinctly do have a sort of addictive personality, and a great tendency to get hooked on something ( in which case you only wish they'd get roud to being hooked on knitting or reading, or going to the gym, or something else not harmful and not too expensive.) It's good if he is recognizing that this is getting out of his control, and that he does need help. Seeing a psychologist would be a good idea, to plan a programme of treatment to get over this ( and to avoid merely switching to a different form of addictive behaviour).
Then there's Gamblers Anonymous. National HQ was 0800-006-008, or 011-915-7730 ; and www.gamblersanonymous.org ; and I gather there's a support group for spouses and partners of pathological gamblers, Gam-Anon, 021-797-1682, or 0210 671-2267.
Also, try calling your local casino for advice, odd though this sounds --- they're supposed to be funding a foundation to promote "responsible gambling" ( whatever that is ) and ought also to know of available support services locally.
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