Hi my names Stephen I’m 25 I’ve been gambling for 7 years I started gambling at 18 with small bets on the pokies like 5 dollars now and then and as I’ve got older and worked more my gambling has increased to 50 on the pokies losing upto 1000 at a time I would save for 3 weeks no gambling then go blow it all it’s something I’ve struggled with I’ve been off work for the last 3 months and I’ve resorted to online gambling dogs and horses spending every cent getting down to a my last dollar trying to win back my losses my gambling has put me in debt with loan places cause off my constant need to gamble I spent 400 dollars yesterday and I lost it and I decided that was the last time I’m ever gonna bet 20th off September 2015


Dear Stephen,

Thank you for sharing your story on the difficulties you’ve experienced with gambling. I can see this has been going on for a long time and has had placed significant financial strain on you. I can imagine it was incredibly difficult for you to cope after you have lost all your money gambling, you’ve highlighted the devastating effect that gambling can have. It’s fantastic to hear that you’ve decided to make changes and I can hear that you are motivated to do so. 

To assist you on your journey you may like to call the Gambling Helpline 24/7 and speak to a trained counsellor (Gambling Helpline 1800858858) who can refer you on to speak to someone you can support you to continue your road to recovery.

You can also visit the Gambling Help Site and look at the Self-Help-Booklet that can be used to help control you’re gambling.


Counsellor Sam


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