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.


By Glenn
My addiction started many years ago 33 to be exact , millions of dollars gambled away on poker machines a lifetime of hard work and I am broke , writing this makes me realise how... Read More...>
By Libby
I played pokies on/off for years for fun. I never let it become anything more than a social flutter. Then, two years ago, during a difficult time in my relationship, pokies and Keno to a... Read More...>
By Precious
I am in a lot of debt since I started gambling i tried getting back what I lost but every time I go I loose more and more and get deeper in debt. Sometimes I... Read More...>
By Amanda
I have decided as of Dec. 26 2015 to lay my gambling addiction to rest. Since then I have struggled very hard with it. I have reached out to GA in my area, CR (Celebrate... Read More...>
By R
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... Read More...>
By matthew
Hi, when I was 17 years, my best mate got me hooked to pokie machine my bet were like $5 to begin with I was afraid to lose this amount at first but when I... Read More...>
By Sharon
today i will have all my finanes on me for the first time in my six months recovery , i feel that i will be tempted to go play machines , I dont wnt to... Read More...>
By sad
I always come here to read stories about other people to ecourage myself not to gamble. I relapse yesterday and lost 100k plus to the online bookies. I told my wife and i felt so... Read More...>
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