During these very difficult economic times, more and more people are looking for very easy ways to make money. Unfortunately, it is when cash is hard to earn that casinos, Bingo parlors and lotteries are coming up with big prizes to entice people cough up their last bills and gamble.
As the prizes get bigger and bigger, the more a person buys tickets and wagers larger. Before he or she even realizes it, he/she is already addicted to gambling.
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A gambling addiction in one or both spouses can also wreak its toll upon a marriage. Much like addicts, gamblers need money to get their “fix”. The husband or wife soon notices this as a marked decrease in the paycheck or unexplained deductions from the family budget or withdrawals from the bank account.
This exorbitant spending can lead to frequent squabbles, so that gambling spouse becomes very secretive of his/her activities. For example, an acquaintance’s husband is hooked on Bingo. During one argument, her husband told her that some of the money he gave her came from his winnings.
There was even another time when he gave both his wife and daughter $500 each from his Bingo winnings. You can only just imagine the horror of the wife when she learned from a neighbor that her husband had actually lost $10,000 in Bingo alone and settled only for a $1,000 consolation prize.
Gambling addiction needs to be curbed before it puts considerable strain on a marriage. If your husband or wife is gambler, learn about this type of addiction. There are many great resources on the Internet that will help educate you on gambling as a form of addiction.
Part and parcel of dealing with a gambler is the knowledge of how to manage the finances properly. If your spouse is gambling, you will need to discover the “tricks” on how to keep your budget intact and continue getting the same amount of money monthly from your husband or wife’s paycheck. Ask about possible legal issues.
It may be possible that your spouse has incurred a huge debt in order to sustain his or her gambling habits. Inquire with your lawyer on how to deal with these legalities.
Although it may be difficult to do so, you need to convince your gambling spouse to seek counseling. There are support groups like Gamblers Anonymous. Or you can inquire about addiction support groups in your church. You might want to consider attending a few sessions alone, to get an idea on what to expect.
If you are convinced that a group can help your spouse, ask from the group members how you can go about convincing your gambling husband or wife to attend sessions. Many members will tell you that the first step is to get your spouse to admit that he or she has a gambling problem. If you cannot do this alone, invite a support group member, psychologist or counselor to your home who will have a better chance of convincing your spouse about the necessity to seek professional help.
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