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Hi I am new on here and really would like to hear similar situations or if anyone has come out the other side. 

 I have been with cg partner for 11years and I am now finally!! Realising he really isn't going to change.  I have told him this eveing I need a brake to sort out what I want and what I will do. And same old sobbing story of how I am kicking him out and he cant do this without me and kids. My reply ' he clearly cant do it with'. Everytime he says it's just a slip'. Them words make me shiver I just cant despise that excuse. 

I get a phone call of his boss and it is now affecting his work he may lose his job. Surely that would open your eyes to extent the gambling has gone to far.... well it has for me. So now he is saying he will be back in couple days as it's his house so he has just much right to be here. Which yes I think that is right. But surely he should respect the fact i have 4 children to him. One a baby. He has broke me so bad I literally cant look at him anymore.

Any advice or anyone been in this situation much appreciated 

Posted : 10th November 2019 9:05 pm
Merry go round

Hi marierose, unfortunately this is a familiar tale. I really feel for you with 4 children. He needs serious help. I would encourage him to see his gp, gambling over long periods affects mental health. He also needs to go to GA. Can you take control of finances? Do credit checks.

you need to get some help too. Call gamcare and talk to someone, also see if there is a gamanon meeting in your area. As wives we have to learn to change our reactions. Put ourselves first, stop bailing them out, making excuses for them.

you are right you can't stop him living in the house, but you can have rules. He's an adult and gambling is not helping it's destroying him. 

If he's an online gambler he can sign up to gamstop for 5 years. He can download Gamban. There are many blocks he can put in place.

try and get some control back, you will feel better.

his boss calling you is awake up call. My husband's gambling affected his work too. He really needs some professional help.

Posted : 11th November 2019 8:43 am
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Dear Marierose,

Thank you for joining our forum. We are pleased that you are able to get some support regarding your situation and Merry  go round has given you some good advice. We are here, ready to listen and support you via our helpline 0808 8020 133 or via our netline , 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  You can have a chat one to one, with an adviser, in addition to the support you get on here. We support people affected by other people's gambling - we are aware how tough going it can be and we want you to know that you don't need to struggle on without the help you deserve. You have a family - you must be very busy.  Look after yourself emotionally and financially and be kind to yourself. 


Best wishes


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Posted : 11th November 2019 4:33 pm

Hi merry go round. Thanks for replying. This is the second time I have written this 😫 phone keeps disconnecting and kids to sort out. So here we go again! 

He did go to gp a year ago. But the doctor he seen said she never delt with this before they didnt really know what to do. And said they would call him and never did. He also went to a couple of ga meetings 2years ago but said it wasnt for him!🙄. He always say he can fix himself! His boss had a very good close friend in the area who did counsel sessions for addicts and brought him into work one day. From then on for about a month he had him in office once a week for hour. He just doesn't seem to stick at anything!

I did take over financial control and he had a set amout in his bank account which he really should have not. He would still find a way to get money. I am so surprised his boss had kept him on! He is a born again Christian his boss and believe in second chances but he has given him 3. Even me 😫🤦🏼‍♀️

His gambling is online, on his phone mainly when I am asleep. Going to casinos. He could go to casino like he did friday straight after work. Blow £8k and not come home do shift sat. In the meantime I just have to guess he is thier!! until I get a call from the boss. The worst time was Christmas eve. He went to casino after work 4pm. No call or text after work,kids all excited for Santa. I have to hold bk tears till they go to bed.I rang casino crying saying you have a man with a very serious addiction surely you have safe garding. All they could say is I could come and drag him out at 2am in morning with kids in bed and I was heavily pregnant. He came home 6am when kids were waking up and all he said was that was last time and never again. Most women would run a mile and I know I am to soft! This is why now I will not bk down!!!!!

I did have phone call counselling sessions 2yrs ago but it didnt really do a whole lot of different for me. I just wanted him to be fixed! 

I have a best friend who I console everything to. She is my shoulder,she is such and amazing friend and I feel she has helped mega. Even just been able to talk about it! Today I told my mum for the first time. She was shocked to say the least. She not the kind of women who can tame her anger . But surprisingly she was really supportive and told her I should have told her earlier. I am one of these people that puts on a front pretending everything is grand. Get in the door and flood up in tears. 

He is still out the house and not coming back till his day of to see kids which I am dreading because I just am not ready to talk and still want more time to think what I want to do. Did your husband get help? And how long has he been gamble free. 

Posted : 11th November 2019 8:17 pm
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