do you know anyone with a gambling addiction?

Philippines
March 5, 2008 11:39pm CST
someone very close to me suffers from gambling addiction. after some research. i found out that gambling addiction is a kind of disease. like alcohol or drug addiction. persons who suffer from gambling addiction are on a path to self-destruction-- they will lie, betray their loved ones, steal, swindle-- anything at all just so they can feed their addiction, even at the risk of losing their children and their family, their jobs, the respect of their loved ones and their own self-respect. these persons need our help. we brought someone close to us recently to get professional help. she was diagnosed with chronic depression and gambling addiction. she was already suicidal and homicidal because of her depression and gambling addiction. had we not intervened, we would have lost her completely to her addiction.
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@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
Yes, I know of someone whom I considered addicted to gambling. But I think he still can manage. He is working, a nice job, a good family and yet he cant control himself. If he has money he goes to gamble and even if he wins, he goes on and on. He knows there is something wrong with him but he cant controlled himself. We tried to give him advice but to no avail. But now, there is some control. He just have some specific amount to gamble and after its gone he will stop. Theres also a time limit in his gambling activities, one to two hours is the most. And his time table is to gamble and win on the side. Small winnings and he will go until sometime he will be able to stop his gambling activities.
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
my dad has a gambling addiction. he leaves home in the evening around 6pm and go home the next morning. hahaha! my mom always quarrel with him coz of what he's doing. and sometimes, my dad lies just to get money. huh
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• Philippines
7 Mar 08
By just reading your post, i hope that none of my loved-ones or my important few acquire that behavior or something close to it- it scares me- bigtime! It might be painful to see someone close to me suffer so much like Ive never seen them suffer before- i cant probably bare it. I hope that person who you recently helped to seek professional assistance (who i know is in deep pain right now) will get well soon. its not too late,,, just believe,,, we'll have better days.
@wisedragon (2330)
• Philippines
6 Mar 08
Yes we have relatives who are so hooked on gambling. They haven't stolen or anything like that, but they are heavily in debt because of the addiction. It's so sad really. They were already fairly wealthy before they got hooked. Now they have almost nothing.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
Hi lovelyprune, Gambling addiction can be everything you say, I'm pleased that you were able to get help for your friend, and hope that it works. Gamblers anonymous is an organization that has helped many people, and could be worth checking out. I have a friend who has had some real problems with gambling but hopefully is on the road to recovery, Blessings.
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@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
6 Mar 08
I used to have a roommate who had a gambling addiction. He payed the rent when he won and just as often was late with the rent when he lost. He finally became a dealer in the local casino so he couldn't play there. I don't know what ever became of him but he still owes me money.
• China
6 Mar 08
My brother has a gambling addiction .But he is a smart one ,he has got a lot money from gambling. And gamble is not the most important thing in his life , he has his family ,and he love his wife and child very much ,he also has his job . gamble is only one of hi interest .and he got money from his interest. I some time want to learn from him . But I just can't be so smart as him ,So I give up .
@noyida (795)
• Singapore
6 Mar 08
Reading your posting remind me of an ex colleague of mine. No she is not addicted to gambling, but she is a victim to the addiction of gambling from her ex husband. She knew of him gambling on horse race and lottery numbers long before they married. But since, a lot of frens and relatives knew of their relationship, she took a plunge in marrying him. That was when the real nightmare started. Before marriage, she had been borrowing money from colleagues on the pretext that she need them for her wedding preparation. A lots of my colleague fell prey cause she is such a nice girl. Later, she borrowed money to cover the loans that she take from others. Its like digging her own grave just to her husband addiction to gambling. True enough as what you said, she later lost her jobs. Its a pity though. She rised in the corporate ladder fast thru her diligent, but then she went AWOLS from office. The last I heard that she had divorced the husband. Its sad that though she not a gambler herself, but her future promising career life was detroited thru someone she love gambling addict.
@zulito (174)
• Germany
6 Oct 08
sure! all the men in my family hjehehe.. thats why we dont bet anymore around each other hehe