So, I don't even really know if I'm in the right place, or if anyone ever really knows the right answer to things like this. My mom is a gambling addict, and has been for over three years now. It started out small- she'd go play cards or something every now and then. But now it's to the point where she's going out several times a week- and losing badly. Hundreds of dollars at a time. I've tried to tell her that I think she has a problem, and sometimes she admits she does. But most of the time, she gets angry, and yells at me for offending her or trying to take away her "relaxing" time. She is so stressed in her normal life that she thinks the only way to relax is to go gambling, so I try to help her destress other ways, but she claims that playing cards is the only thing that helps. A few months ago I thought I'd finally gotten through, but a few weeks ago it started again. The mysterious "late night work", the constantly needing to borrow money, the mood she'd be in when she came home... It's taking such a toll on the rest of our family but I don't even know how to go about fixing things. Most of the time I just feel sad thinking about it, and unfortunately there's a lack of good support groups for families of gambling addicts. Gamanon is a good one, but I can't go to in-person meetings. I just want our family to be the way it was before she started doing this, and I know I shouldn't have to feel like it's all up to me to fix things... but I honestly don't know what to do. I'm not even here most of the year- I go back to college in a few weeks. I feel like if I leave again, she'll just keep doing this, even if she's not even listening to me when I am here. I just don't know what to do.
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