So I’ve been on pokies before never thought much of it, my mums a massive addict and I used to say it was stupid how she played and vowed I would never get addicted. But boy was I wrong, while I was waiting for a friend to finish work I thought I would give it a try, couple hours later I walked out with 1000 and only having to spend 100 I thought hell this was awesome and then said ONCE AGAIN I told myself that this was the first and last time, weeks later I thought I would give it a try I remembered the excitement of walking out with all that money but lucky again I walked out with a couple hundred again, it only took those 2 times for me to be at the point I am at now, I know I need help more then ever now because even though I haven’t spent much (yet) I’m scared it will get out of hand soon I have this guilty feeling and my head is so clouded when it comes to it, I keep thinking maybe I will win it back or I’ll try again next week but I know I won’t get far and I’ll just keep losing more and more.
Thank you for sharing your story with us. I can imagine many of the readers will be able to empathize with your story as it is incredibly common for people to get hooked after having a win at the pokies. After having a win, we can develop the belief that they are a quick and easy way to make money, and the anticipation of the next win will keep us returning to the machines. However, over time the longer we play, the more money we will inevitably lose. It sounds like you are trying to overcome this on your own and are struggling with the anger, frustration and guilt associated with the gambling. It can be really helpful to speak with a face to face counsellor and get ongoing support. If you are interested, I would encourage you to phone the Gamblers Helpline on 1800 858 858 and have a chat to determine where your closest gambling counsellor is. The Gamblers Helpline is 24/7 service where you can access support any time if you need it, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.