Should I Divorce or Live with my Gambling Husband? Gambling and Divorce Dtatistics
Gambling is commonly referred to as “the hidden addiction.” It is much easier to hide the indicators of gambling problems from others than to hide the signs of substance abuse or sex addiction. However, gambling addiction can have terrible consequences for a relationship, leading to divorce.
Because the signs are so similar, many people with gambling addictions believe their partner is having an affair. Moreover, in this article, we will discuss what you should do if your husband is a gambling addict and the divorce statistics. But first of all, let’s take a look at some of the most common signs of a gambling husband.
Signs of a Gambling Husband?
- To achieve the desired level of excitement, he must gamble with more money than he won/lost previously.
- When trying to eliminate or reduce gambling, become agitated or angry.
- He recently has started to depend on others to help him out of a severe financial situation brought on by gaming.
- Has tried and failed to control, limit, or stop gambling multiple times.
- Valuables and household stuff have gone missing.
- Despite earning money, they are often short on cash.
- Taking out a loan regularly
- Having multiple loans open at the same time
- Professional performance is being affected.
- For no apparent cause, looking anxious, irritated, or unhappy
- Suicidal thoughts, depression, frustration, or hopelessness
- Personality changes, such as sleeping, eating, or sexual relationship patterns
- Keeping financial data or pay stubs hidden
Gambling and Divorce Statistics
Gambling behavior that has negative consequences for the gambler, those in their social network, or the community is known as problem gambling. Furthermore, this issue has recently been more common in the United States. For example, according to the National Gambling Impact Study, the average lifetime divorce rates for compulsive gamblers were 38 percent and 54 percent, respectively, compared to 18.2 percent for non-gamblers.
Understanding and resolving clinical problem gambling is essential for the individual and their family’s well-being. On the other hand, a health promotion analyzes the individual gambler’s risk of issues and the quality of life of families and communities affected by gambling and tries to avoid problems at a more structural level.
Addictive gambling disorders affect approximately 2% to 3% of adults. Those unable to control these disorders may have severe consequences in their own lives and the lives of those they love. Even those without severe gambling addictions might be in financial hardship, affecting a family lawsuit.
Should I divorce or live with my gambling husband?
Well, it depends on the situation. The decision can vary on how much worse the situation is and to what extent the addiction has reached. If you think your mental health, finances and children are getting affected in any way, and your husband is not tolerating at all, even after giving you a second chance. Then, we can say it is time to get a divorce lawyer and get yourself free from this relationship.
However, suppose you think the problem is not that serious or is under control. In that case, you can just consult with a therapist or have a face-to-face talk with your husband and tell him the effect of this addiction on the family and relationship.
As everyone deserves a second chance, we need to believe that you should give your husband a second chance if he stops or reduces gambling to a safe level so that it doesn’t affect you financially or your relationship.
How to Forgive a Gambling Husband?
Your husband may be aware that he is causing you problems, but he has been unable to resist the ‘desire’ to gamble.
A person with a gambling addiction may need time to face all of their debts and losses and be open about them with others who need to know, such as you.
Allow your husband some time to cool down with his problems, and encourage him to be open about what happened that will not happen again – obviously, your savings won’t come back again– but you need to know whether it’s gone farther.
Finding the Cause of gambling addiction
We strongly recommend going in for face-to-face counseling if your relationship has been affected by your partner’s gambling.
Following something like this, there may be a lot to cover. It might be true that not only gambling has affected your relationship or family, but also in terms of recognizing and accepting the circumstances that led to the addiction in the first place. To understand why an addiction began, it’s often necessary to go back to the roots.
Many couples blame themselves for the addiction, feeling that it would never have happened if they had been a better husband or wife. However, things are rarely that simple. When you get a little help, figuring things out and putting them into perspective can be a lot easier.
How to overcome the toxic gambling relationship
You may need to keep emotional and physical distance from your husband for some time. However, as discussed before, if the problem persists, you may need to end this relationship. If taking action puts your or others’ safety in danger, you may consult a lawyer and get yourself separated from him.
Relationship counseling and mediation might be a safer alternative for discussing concerns and seeking solutions if there is a breakdown in communication between you and the gambler.
In this article, we discussed gambling problems and how you should act on them. Whether you want a divorce or give your husband a second chance, it depends on you. Coping with a loved one in such a situation can become toxic sometimes. So, you should be careful and know what you are playing with.
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