Unmasking Mary’s Story
Mary’s adult son was a compulsive poker player. For at least 3 years she enabled him, providing emotional and financial bailouts and keeping his “secrets” from other family members. She was chronically stressed out, feeling overwhelmed and hopeless that her son would never change and holding herself responsible for his choices.
Mary called 1-800 GAMBLER. She learned about addiction, the stages of change and about the impact her actions have on her son. She made some interpersonal changes, stopped keeping secrets, found family support, stopped the financial bailouts, and was more focused on taking better care of herself.