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gambling problems

Discussion in 'General' started by spring, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. spring

    spring Administrator

    This has nothing to do with drugs but it is an addiction and I am trying to connect with someone who has/had a gambling problem and has taken steps to overcome it.
    First let me say that it is not me who has a gambling problem..lol...I'm too tight with my hard earned money.

    But someone dear to me does have the problem with gambling and I would like to help her anyway that I am able to.
    How does one prevent themselves from it? I mean it's not as simple as tapering or stopping cold turkey. So what is the next step after admitting the problem?

    I'm sure there are websites for this problem but I thought that maybe someone here might be a recovering gambler who can share some pointers. I have to say that she hasn't approached anyone professional yet or taken the time to seek out any groups which I know are major steps to the healing process, but where does she start? And does it help?
    I'm the only one in the family she confides in because she knows I understand the whole addict mentality of it all, but this is a different beast that I'm not familiar with..
    She has asked me to manage her money and keep an eye on her bank account thinking that she will think twice about withdrawals if she has to be accountable to another person. She gets a giant paycheck at the end of every month yet I am still waiting for her account info which leads me to believe that she is stalling. Very understandable but I can only help if she will allow me to.

    I have been sharing my own experiences with her to try to help her overcome the shame that prevents her from seeking professional help, but I'm at a loss as to where to go from here. Comments anyone?

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