Our expert says:
If she has, as it sounds, a severe gambling problem, you should not help her with cash. If you want to and can help at all, do so by paying some of her bills, in whole or in part. And if he feels bad about her problem, he should strongly press her to see a shrink and have the problem treated --- enabling her to continue gambling is only making things worse. Giving her cash, his own or someone elses ( even worse ) is like giving booze to an alcoholic. It is making things WORSE for her and not helping at all.
I expec the rest of the family wants to feed this unwholesome process, so he can go and care for her and they can avoid takiing their share of the responsibility for helping her. That is unacceptable. It sounds as though he himself rather urgently needs to see a shrink, with you providing the shrink with proper background information, so he can also get help.
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