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Hi Maria,

I can’t begin to imagine what you’re going through with everything you have on your plate at the moment. You’ve done a great thing by simply visiting this site, the help and support available here will be invaluable to you.

I’ve just installed the K9 blocking software on my computer. As mentioned, it’s free and you will need to set a password. There’s no use you setting a password that you’ll remember as you’ll be able to uninstall the programme. Ask a friend or family member to install it for you and to keep the password from you at all costs.

I can relate to you when you say that you stay up until the money is credited into your bank account, I’ve done that thousand’s of times. I’m not an expert Maria, but just reading your brief account of your situation, you’re probably using gambling to escape other situations and when the gambling sessions stop, or when you’ve lost all you can, the reality of your actions kick in and that is when your mood plummets to the depths of despair.

Please stay with this site and use the helpline. It’s strictly confidential and will help you enormously and the rest of the site you can use to interact with people that understand what you’re going through, something that is hard to find in everyday life.

You are a fantastic mother who needs help yourself and you’ve made the first steps to finding that help.

I wish you all the best, things will seem dark now, but there are better days ahead, we all just need help and guidance towards those happier times.

Take care,