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October 19, 2016
Hi my name is Lynda I have joined this forum today, I have been gambling on pokie machines for about 20 years. It started from me working at a gaming venue and I would play after finishing my shift, it progressively got worse over time. I have suffered great financial debt over the years that my parents often paid off! I'm married and have two adult children and a beautiful Grandchild and for some reason my gambling is worse than ever, I am currently living a lie! My husband has no idea. I have maxed out three credit cards and lose my whole pay weekly. I'm desperate to end this but I don't know how, I live in the country so I'm not able to get help as we don't really have a gambling service close by. I feel so guilty and so lost I just want it to end please help me! Please tell me what would be effective? Why can't I stop?
February 13, 2014
Thanks for your post, it sounds like it is a really important time for you to get some help right now! It sounds like it has been a problem for you for a long time and is now worse than ever, and you're desperate to stop. I would say the first step is talking to a gambling counsellor over the phone - getting some professional help and advice about the first step.
A lot of people have found that working with a counsellor can be such a relief after dealing with something by themselves for so long. The reason you can't stop easily is because the machines are designed to be very addictive and it takes some time and help to be able to start to change. However most people who seek help find that they are able to see some good changes in time.
If you can call 1800 858 858 you can speak to a trained gambling counsellor, and they can either sign you up for telephone counselling or find a service near you (there are some gambling services that have counsellors who travel out to rural locations). You've made a great step by posting on this forum today, so it is good to acknowledge that this is the first step!
take care and looking forward to speaking with you.
all the best,
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