Lucy: James, wake up. My husband has a problem with
gambling. I've given up trying to fix it –
it's just what our life is now. At times I feel like I'm stuck in a
room where all the doors are locked and I can't get out.
Rosa: My son gambles. I sometimes wonder if it's my fault.
Did I do something? Or not do something? It's affecting everything. Actually I'm a bit embarrassed that
it's got this bad.
Chloe: My Dad gambles a lot. He
thinks I don't know about it, but I do. I've known there was something going on
for a while now. I look at my friends' parents and it's
a whole other world than mine. It's nothing special. It's just… I
don't know… normal. I want normal.
Rosa: My other kids don't say anything about it any more. And it's not the sort of thing I
discuss with my friends. Everyone has their own problems. I would like to think that my son
could take control himself, but I know it's not that simple. And gambling is
everywhere you look, these days.
Chloe: I used to get my hopes up
that things might change - that one day we'd all just wake up and things would
be better. But I know that that's not gonna happen. I thought about talking to Mum, but it's
like, if I'm OK, she's OK. But I know she's not, she's not
Lucy: The gambling makes life hard,
but it's the loneliness that really gets to me. I don't talk to anyone else
about it because I don't want anyone to know. I know that he's hurting, and I
don't want to have to choose, but the kids need to be my number one priority.
Super: IT'S NOT JUST GAMBLERS WHO
NEED SUPPORT. IT'S THOSE AROUND THEM.
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