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Seeking some advice on if ya'll feel if I am considered an addict. Long story short I currently am dealing with taking care of my mother with Alzheimers and that medical debt. I found that going to the casino for a few hours, playing scratch tickets, and playing poker online is a nice mental break from the stress of work and care giving, but my budget doesn't really allow for too much of it. I was approached by one of our work competitors and offered money to hand them our bidding info for contracts, and I've been doing it to support my hobby.  My friend says this makes me an addict and I can get arrested, but I feel like it's harmless and I'm just supplementing my income.

Please be gentle, I have only shared this with one person, and they didn't take it very well. Thank you.

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Hi Valerie,


Welcome aboard.

Do you feel like gambling for you is a way to "relieve" stress, the stress of dealing with your mom, and other stress from other issues in life?

It sounds like you're using gambling as an "escape" but gambling is one of the worst "escapes" you could ever experience in life.


Why don't you turn that alleviation of stress into something more fruitful such as going to the gym? Have you thought about that?

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