20 September 2023 at 10:51 pm #181639ellenParticipant
My son who is 21 is addicted to gambling. He is seeing a therapist and psychiatrist but hasn’t seen them recently due to the holiday season. He is taking antidepressant and antipsychotic medication as he had a psychotic episode in February. He only wants to bet. He doesn’t have any money. Should we give him a small amount to bet? We are a supportive and stable family, but we are finding it really difficult to see him needing to bet all the time. If he can’t bet, sometimes he just doesn’t get up out of bed. We also sometimes get angry and frustrated and say unsupportive things. The CBT and EMDR therapy is trying to address his underlying issues, but progress is v. Slow. We need help in knowing what to do when faces with his strong urge to gamble. We’ve tried suggesting other activities, but he won’t try them.
I am thinking of coming to the support group tomorrow.
20 September 2023 at 10:52 pm #181640velvetModerator
Thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy friends and family forum. This forum will provide you with warmth and understanding from your peers.
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21 September 2023 at 4:48 pm #181662velvetModerator
I hope you do make it to the support group, it would be great to ‘speak’ to you.
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