A mother and father who want to help
Hello. I’m the mother of a 24-year-old compulsive gambler. I think he started gambling in his teens. He still lives at home, which is fine with us, but my husband and I have to do something to help him get out of the mess he’s getting himself into.
He committed fraud once by making false bank deposits and withdrawing the money. He also stole from my husband once with his bank card. I know he sells drugs to make gambling money. Then he gets all panicky, saying he absolutely has to pay back the money or he’ll get beaten up.
Once he tried to join an organization for help, and his old girlfriend went with him to a few meetings. I tried to convince him to make an appointment, and I would be willing to go to all his meetings with him if I had to.
We’ve reached the point of telling him he has to find a job and finish the class 3 driving courses we’re paying for. I’m sure he does drugs, too, but I don’t think a lot.
I knew it was still possible for him to get out of this trap, but he was falling further and further in.
We needed the information you provided to help our son get out. Thank you!