The Journey of a Gamblers Wife by Bella SharmaOnce a cherished daughter and loved sister, Bella Sharma marries to start a new life in Australia. Little she realises that one can never really know another person regardless of how many years you stay together. Shocked beyond belief to find that her husband is not only a liar but also a gambling addict, at first she tries to cure him of this addiction by helping him lead a normal life with love and understanding. But then circumstance change and events happen over which she has no control. Life was spinning uncontrollably and she has to make a decision...her daughters and her future or the love of a gambler and a cheat? Because life with him would undeniably land her on the streets sooner or later. This is one womans journey escaping family violence, emotional and mental abuse, stalking and harassment in the name of love.
Impact of a Gambling Addiction on Marriage
Jane's story - My ex-husband never acknowledged that he had a gambling problem.
Compulsive lying is one of the symptoms of compulsive or pathological gamblers. These gamblers are addicted to gambling, and lying becomes second nature to them. What are some of the common lies compulsive gamblers tell? Read on. Anyone who flat-out denies they have a gambling problem, despite evidence to the contrary, is either well on their way to full-blown gambling addiction or is already there. By the time someone is deep into gambling, their behavior becomes consistent and predictable.
Unlike substance misuse or sex addiction, it can be much easier to hide the signs of problem gambling from other people. This is particularly true now online gambling is so widely accessible and popular. But the effects of gambling addiction on a relationship can be devastating. It can destroy the sense of trust between partners often as a consequence of the secrecy or lies surrounding the addiction as much as the addiction itself. It can also ruin families financially. And anecdotal evidence suggests that every problem gambler impacts 5 to 12 other people. Many people whose partners have gambling addictions often report initially thinking their partner was having an affair as the signs are so similar.
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I've been married for 11 years and have 3 beautiful children. My husband is a CG and I have tried everything to try and get him to stop. It has come to the stage where I have no more strength to fight and see no future. I love my husband and besides his CG and lies he is a great man. I feel as though I have no choice but to let him walk away as I cant cope with his CG.
So I am feeling quite uncomfortable about speaking about this. That's because more than 40 years after I found out about my ex-husband's gambling problem I still feel guilty. Financial difficulties are the obvious effect of a gambling problem but other issues can get tangled up with them:. All these years later that guilt still lurks beneath the surface just waiting to be scratched back to life. But, possibly, the most destructive effect on me long-term was that I lost the capacity to trust. We had a plan, and a budget. In large part that plan hinged on me working 8 hours overtime a week, from the time we were married.