Boyfriend is addicted to gambling

Boyfriend of 5 years has gambling addiction. I am trying to seek help for the both of us any help is greatly appreciated.

Hi destiny23, Welcome to SupportGroups.com . There is a group for loved ones of those who gamble called Gam-Anon http://www.gam-anon.org/ . For those with a gambling addiction there is Gamblers Anonymous - http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ . There is a forum on the site here for gambling http://gambling.supportgroups.com/ . Check those out when you have a chance. Keep sharing with us. We are here for you. ((((hugs))))

Thx for your comment. I looked at the gam-anon website I am attending a meeting tonight. I also scheduled an appointment with an outpatient facility close to home for myself. So next step I guess is to try to get him doing these things. But surviving til then will be hard. If you read my other post you'll see why. Thx again. Hugs to you too.

Do you two live together? If so, don’t enable him anymore. Tell him to either get with the program or use someone else to lean on. My husband gave me his requirement if we are to stay together. I’m going on Friday to my first session and I hope that my experiences will help those present to see the light. It is not worth loosing the one you love to a gambling addiction.

I attended my first GA group meeting on Friday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. I must admit that I didn't know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to see how many people were in attendance. The group had started the round table introductions with a summary of the straw that broke the camel's back which made "us" aware of the fact that we had a real disease. We really are compulsive gamblers who would not stop because we just knew that the next spin would be the one.... the jackpot. We had absolutely no control over ourselves from the moment of entering the casino(s). It is almost like the big "eye" - camera picked up on us entering and targeted us to strip us of every dollar we walked in with. Sure, we all had that one "big" win in the beginning when the machines ousted Bingo. But that was the trick of the devil to get us hooked immediately. I kept my promise to my husband to attend and now I will not ever miss another meeting. The Church where we have our meetings is so beautiful and serene until it puts you in a peaceful state of mind upon entry. I'm determined to NEVER enter a casino again to gamble. Now I will take it one day at a time for the rest of my life. I will find VICTORY.
Mary Joe

Hi Mary Joe, That is great that you have gone to a meeting and are getting help. I pray that all continues to go well on your road in recovery. Keep taking it a day at a time. Keep us posted on how you are doing. We are here for you. ((((hugs))))

Bluidkiti:
Thank you for encouraging me to continue my journey seeking victory. Prayerfully, others will join me on this journey of not contributing to the growth of casinos across the country. They all need to go BUST!
Mary Joe

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