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November 24, 2018
Hi, I am new to this forum and want to introduce myself to you. I am a woman who is in their late 30s and I have two kids and a husband. I work full time and I have a terrible secret that I am hiding from my loved ones. I have a hardcore problem with the pokies. For the past five years I reckon I have lost over 100 grand. I am ready to start facing up to my demons and get help. I want to find a counsellor and tell them everything because i have had enough of living a lie. I know I can;t fix everything straight away and it will take time but I am going to take it day by day. I want to reach out to anyone listening and give and get support.
Thank you for listening.
February 13, 2014
Good to hear from you and thanks for posting on the forum. That sounds like you are in need of some support at the moment -I can imagine that this is a really big secret to be keeping and it is likely really impacting you. I would recommend that you contact the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 to speak to a trained gambling counsellor - they can either give you some support over the phone, or refer you to speak to someone face to face for financial counselling or general counselling. This is a free service and is there to ensure that people who are having issues with gambling can get the support they need.
I hope you find this forum useful and please let me know if you have any questions or would like additional support.
all the best,
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