How do I help my husband to stop gambling?


I can feel for you. My husband was the one who came to me about the problem. You shouldn't feel ashamed about checking up on him, especially if you knew he had a problem before hand. We put gamblock on our computer and it is terrific. It at least gives me a peace of mind when he's on the computer. I wold definitely talk with him about it soon, before it gets out of hand and he gamblers more. Good Luck! Prayers have really helped us!

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Thank you for your kind replies. I talked to my husband about it last night... and he freely admitted it, and was kind and loving and "sorry for the hurt it has caused because he kept it from me". However, he lied to me about how much money has spent, and how much he has won/lost. He told me he doesn't think his gambling is a problem, but it was really apparent that he has had those thoughts... he mentioned that he could see there was a fine line between entertainment gambling and problem gambling. I couldn't help but say "if you are lying to me about any of this right now, then that might be an indicator that this is a larger problem than you think". I feel like such a jerk, because obviously I know that he's lying, but I really want HIM to come to the conclusion that it's a problem and not seek help simply to appease me.

I looked into GamBlock, but am reluctant to do this as it seems like a bandaid solution - it may make it harder for him to gamble online (it's all sports betting, by the way) but if he wants to continue to do it, he'll find a way.

BTW, someone from Gam-Anon called me back last night and spent almost an hour talking to me. They were absolutely, positively fantastic. They do have meetings in my area, and I'm going to start going. Thank you again for your thoughtful reply to my post.

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He's bet over $10,000 in the last 30 days and admits he doesn't have a gambling problem. This could be a case of denial. You might want to have a talk with him again.

Best wishes.

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I agree. It sounds like he is in denial. My husband gambled thousands of dollars in the last 3 years and $15,000 in the last three months. He was an online gambler and he primarily did the sports betting. It wasn't until recently he started doing some of the other online stuff. I am still very upset about our financial situation. I don't know how you can get him to see that he needs help, but you should keep trying.


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