A Family's Struggle: Fighting Gambling Addiction

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People who are addicted to gambling behave like people addicted to drugs: you don’t know what they are willing to do to get some money. Like drugs addiction, problem gambling is often the only way a person finds to cope with life. Gambling addiction is a problem that affects lots of people in America. In this video, a woman whose family has been affected by gambling addiction, talks about her experience. "They'll be gone for long periods of time, and not knowing exactly where they were and sort of vague stories about where they were. And of course the money situation," explains this woman. She says that it is difficult to know when to trust and when not to. That lack of trust was what made feel the entire family helplessness. She explains how hard they tried to help, but it was in vain. This situation really makes all the family suffer. And it does not only affect the family, but also the community as a whole. As she explains, gambling addiction destroys the community.

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"It’s a rip-off. But I can’t complain because I made the mistake of getting involved in it."

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