My boyfriend of six months just told me that he is a compulsive gambler and recently slipped in his personal recovery. I feel like I've been thrown for a loop! Gambling addiction is so foreign to me. I don't know what to do. Part of me, because of past dealings with alcoholics, wants to run, not walk, to the nearest exit. I don't want to deal with this sort of thing in my life--especially after reading up on the information provided by Gamblers Anonymous web sites and this site. He is such a wonderful human being, and it breaks my heart that he is having to deal with this devastating illness. We have so much fun together--when we're together, and I don't want to lose all this good. But, I don't think I could ever trust him, and I don't think I could have a future with someone whom I couldn't trust. In the past, I was married to a man you couldn't believe a word that came out of his mouth (I later learned of all the lies--I believed everything at first), so ten thousand red flags went up when my boyfriend spilled these beans. Oh, also, my biggest issue in life (for some reason) has always been my fear of financial insecurity, so the thought of a future with someone who might gamble the house away (as it were) scares the hell out me. HELP!? ADVICE!? ANYONE!?
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