I am worried sick I will lose my home as my gambling debt is huge

DEAR DEIDRE: I AM worried sick I will lose my home as I haven’t been able to keep up the rent and my gambling debt is huge. 

I’m 43, a single mum, with a gorgeous daughter who is nine. 

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But I have struggled with gambling all my adult life. It has got worse since I was furloughed last June. 

In six months, my debt has gone from £10,000 to £25,000. Now I have been made redundant and I don’t know where to turn.

When I was a child, I was abused by my dad and grandad. The one time I tried to talk to my mum, she shut me down.

I’ve never been able to talk honestly to anyone. Without my daughter, I don’t think I’d get out of bed.

DEIDRE SAYS: You’ve learned to bottle every­thing up, since your mum shut you down about the painful abuse. 

All addictions serve to replace missing emotions and your gambling likely has its roots in the awful child abuse you endured.

Contact NAPAC (napac.org.uk, 0808 801 0331) for help to address this pain.

Regarding the debt and housing concerns, you should contact National Debtline (nationaldebtline.org, 0808 808 4000).

You can turn your life around and get free from the trauma of your past.

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