Get practical support with your gambling problem Forum Friends and Family Just found out my other half is a gambling addict

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    Elizabethjames42
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    I have only known for a week since he has been going to GA meetings. He has been gambling for a long time and I never really realized that it was a problem until he told me after his first meeting. I’m so new to all of this and I just want to know what I can do to help him and help him stay ‘clean’.

    At the moment he is really embarrassed about it all and his mum has taken over all of his money and giving her receipts for everything. Can anyone give me some advice as I’m so new and like a deer in headlights. Also can anyone give me advice for the in the future when we get married and have a family of our own.

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    velvet
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    Hello Elizabeth

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    #4444
    velvet
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    Hi Elizabeth
    Well done to your other half going to GA and a massive well done to you for taking the trouble to find out how to support him.
    He is doing the right thing letting his mother handle his finances and giving receipts – often CGs (compulsive gamblers) find it difficult to hand control of finances over but it sounds as though he is recognising a danger area, which suggests a determination to succeed.
    As for embarrassment, maybe you could assure him that his addiction, which he neither asked for nor wanted, is not something to be ashamed about. I would imagine that at the beginning your partner gambled in the belief that he was going to enjoy a harmless pastime, just like so many people do every day, in every walk of life; he could not have known that gambling was harmful for him, or I am sure he would not have indulged in the first place. Sadly he did unwittingly cross the line and now has a gambling addiction which is difficult to control but is more easily controlled when there is support.
    In my opinion, listening to him when he has been to a meetings is important – sometimes F&F want to do all the talking but the CG often has trouble understanding, so listen and then maybe gently ask questions about what he tells you. Through more luck than judgement I asked my CG to help me when he began his recovery – up until then I had always told him what I thought he should do. Through lack of knowledge I said all the wrong things even though I said them for all the right reasons.
    Enjoy time with him without the G word. If he is trying to change his life if would be good if he could see that there is fun and laughter to be had without gambling.
    Please be on your guard because his addiction is invasive and destructive; to best support him, never leave your purse or cash unattended and protect your pin numbers. In these early stages it would be unwise to trust him because he cannot trust himself yet.
    I think it is best to deal with today and not worry at this point about the future. Knowledge of his addiction will give you power over it but gaining that knowledge takes time and effort and isn’t easy, there almost certainly will be ups and downs.
    I have brought up my thread entitled ‘the F&F Cycle’ so that you can see behaviour patterns, I hope it will help.
    Well done starting your thread. Keep posting on the forum and hopefully join me in the F&F group next Tuesday 20.00-21.00 hours UK time – it is good to communicate in real time knowing that nothing that is said appears on the forum. Finally I have to say that I wouldn’t be writing to you if I didn’t know the addiction to gamble can be controlled.
    Velvet

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