Gambling’s impact on families 

Statistics say that 80% of Americans have tried gambling and 5% of those players will end up with a gambling addiction. The problem with statistics is you don’t know what it’s telling you. For me its’ just a number. It’s always only a partial representation of the thing you are trying to understand. I do not want to bore you with statistics, but I would like to inform you that those numbers are way higher. All those families are affected by problem gambling. 

We still know very little regarding the coping strategies that family members employ in order to mitigate the harms caused by a loved one’s gambling.Family members also experienced psychological barriers to help seeking, often feeling too overwhelmed by other things to seek support and help.Family members of loved ones who gamble have valuable and insightful things to say yet their voices are rarely heard. Family members must also be encouraged to attend support groups, financial counseling.

Compulsive gambling is a major public health problem.Those with an addiction to gambling will not always have financial problems. While gambling can cause a player to lose their money, it’s not the gambling addiction definition.Gamblers aren’t even playing for the money. They play because it boosts endorphins in the brain which alleviates stress. Gambling is an obsession and the anticipation is as important to the compulsive gambler as the win is.

Gamblers are masters at blaming external circumstances and other people for their troubles. I still do that often.Blaming others is one way to avoid taking responsibilities for my actions. 

If you’re living with a compulsive gambler, you’re already familiar with the never-ending cycle of lies.You should never take the blame for their troubles. However, you can encourage them to seek help, support them in their efforts, protect yourself. Remember that you are victim of gambling addiction as well. Feeling like a victim is a natural result.

 I heard that people are saying that “He is not in a relationship with you, he is in a relationship with gambling”.  I wouldn’t quite put it that way myself. I agree there is very little being given to you by gambling addict at this point, and relationships are as much about giving as about taking.   The ultimate question is … do you really love him and does being with him make you happy.

The road back to recovery isn’t easy, but staying isn’t easy either. It will take time for the wounds created and compounded by compulsive gambling to heal.

Gambling ruined my life, and I was not the only one to suffer. There are hundreds of such people out there who have gone through the same trouble. My mission is to help them share their story so that they may get help in time.

Visit my website, https://gambling-addictions.com/ and share your story of recovery and be the motivation for thousands who fell prey to this addiction.

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