Real Stories

You are not alone. Hundreds of problem gamblers and their loved ones have shared their experiences with us in the written, audio and video 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. Let us know if you find a particular story helpful to you by ticking the ‘Did you find this useful’ box at the end of the story.


By Gambling Help
By Gambling Help
Campaign launch – You’re Stronger Than You Think
Campaign launch – You’re Stronger Than You Think
By Thi Diana
Hi everyone I hope that you are having a good day today. I have read some of your stories and feel encouraged. I wish to share mine. I have gambled for 7 years and have... Read More...>
By KK
My gambling started in 2009, at the time I was about 20 years old. My dad took me to work with him in Canberra so I went along, and they were making multi bets occasionally,... Read More...>
By Johnny
Im 23 years of age and the things i’ve seen and places i’ve been, tell a story for Itself. Before I share my story , the most important thing to remember is this is my... Read More...>
By Lady
I’m back again.. with that same horrid feeling it hurts in my chest. I can’t pay rent tomorrow and I don’t know what to do. I have never felt so upset at myself in my... Read More...>
By James
James, 21, started playing poker machines on his 18th birthday as part of the celebration of becoming an adult.
James, 21, started playing poker machines on his 18th birthday as part of the celebration of becoming an adult.
By Denise
Hi, Just sharing my frustration at myself for gambling uncontrollably over the past couple of days behind my husband’s back. He works so hard so during and after these gambling sessions, my soul is filled... Read More...>
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