Real stories

You are not alone. Lots of problem gamblers and their loved ones have shared their experiences with us in the stories below. It’s important to know that many of these stories are raw and painful, but they represent a true picture of how people feel at the various stages of their journey to recovery. Since they first came to our site, many of these people have received assistance from Gambling Help services.


I’ve written before and want to give a bit of an update. I lost everything to poker machines, my relationship, my savings, my financial freedom. My routine was simple, sleep, work, find nearest pub, drink... Read More...>
I have been gambling on the pokies for the last 4 years...
After reading some of the stories here, my situation is not really as bad as others. Although I have lost probably $5k to pokies, it still hurts. I have financial goals to achieve and spending... Read More...>
By Kim
I've been gambling heavily for the last 15 years...
I've been gambling heavily for the last 15 years...
i gamble a lot. me lose money
By Counsellor Clive
I like many people enjoy having a go at gambling every now and again...
I like many people enjoy having a go at gambling every now and again...
Hey my name is DSI and I am 22. In my view gambling is worse than drugs. I started gambling when I was 17.  I first went to a casino in 2008, using a fake ID.... Read More...>
I was sexually assaulted and as my life spiralled out of control I pushed all my friends away as it was easier to be alone. Alcohol and poker machines became my only friends and I could do it... Read More...>
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