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October 19, 2016
Hi I've been battling with my mother and her gambling for over ten yrs now, and I have reached my limit, I have some of her savings in my account to stop her from gambling, she called today to ask for money with her elaborate lies!! Agin!! I'm tired and angry, I don't know how to put up emotional wall, I'm the only sibling who has tried to help and showed compassion but she walks all over that with her lies!!!!
February 13, 2014
Thanks for your post - it sounds like you're having a tough time with your mother's gambling and it is getting really overwhelming. Sounds like you have tried to support her but are not seeing much change from her, and you are understandably getting frustrated! It can be really hard to see someone close to you having this problem and not getting better, so I am glad that you have reached out on the forum.
It would be great to hear some advice from other forum users about how to manage this issue, and what has helped them in the past.
Sarah, I think that in this situation the important thing is that you have some support, whether professional or from a family member or friend. It is a lot to deal with by yourself and can be very emotionally demanding.
If you would like to access some support, please feel free to call the Helpline on 1800 858 858 to speak to a trained counsellor, or else I would recommend that you have a look through some of the other posts on the forum to see what other forum users have found helpful.
I hope to hear from you soon.
all the best,
February 23, 2018
It can be painful and frustrating to see someone you love suffer from a gambling problem. Even worse, you may be suffering the negative impacts of problem gambling even though you don't have the problem. Remember that it's not your fault. You did not create the problem. And unfortunately you cannot make a gambler stop gambling. But you may be able to help your friend or loved one to help themselves.
When confronting someone about problem gambling, stay calm and be supportive. Tell them how their gambling affects you. Recognize their good qualities and any positive steps they have made.
Learn to say "NO" to the problem gambler. This will force the gambler to face the problem head-on. Try to unify friends and family in saying no as well.
Learn as much as you can about problem gambling including its warning signs, negative impacts and options for help and recovery.
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