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When a parent lives a secret life, it can affect the whole family. Ann is a compulsive gambler who says her addiction has caused her to lose her home, her children's college tuition, her freedom and more. "[My gambling addiction] has cost me a lot," Ann says. "It's cost me my self-respect, my reputation, my ability to find good employment—it almost cost me my life."

Ann says the love and support of her family helped her pull through. "Even after it all, I'm glad my secret is out," Ann says. "I want to say to everyone out there that if you're involved with something like this, reach out to someone. Reach out and trust one other person to help you through this."
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FROM: Living a Secret Life
Published on September 21, 2004

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