Family and friends' stories

These are real stories from people who have overcome or are dealing with the impact of problem gambling.  We hope you find comfort and strength in each other's stories.

If you or someone you care about has a problem with gambling and you need immediate help call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 (from within Australia only).

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    Kidman

    I just wanna tell a story of my brother and his addiction to gambling. He was a fine young man and has his own family. Due to work pressure and some family issues, he turned to gambling to feel want ...

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    Jess

    I'm 27 and my mother has been gambling for as long as I can remember.  It has gotten so bad, to the point where she has stolen from her work and been arrested. Even though I no longer l ...

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    Anonymous

    My partner of 2.5 years lied to me about gambling for the past year of our relationship.

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    Clare

    I have been with my partner for more than 9 years. Like others I knew he liked to have a bet and while we had separate pays and separate bank accounts I didn't realise (or mentally accept) how ...

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    Louise

    My son is an amazing person with such a bright future. He went to a school for gifted children, won many sporting events and has taken on many leadership roles. I am very proud of him, his achievement ...

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    Anon

    When I first met my husband I was a single mother with two small children, I had escaped an abusive relationship, I had walked away from everything I owned, my job and home to&nb ...

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    Joanne

    My partner had a serious gambling problem and lost a lot of money, but he went Gamblers Anonymous five years ago and stopped gambling completely.

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    Donna

    I’ve been living with a compulsive gambler for thirty years. I could write a book about the things he has done to me over the years, but that's just predictable. We have both been to Gamblers Anonymou ...

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    Mariam

    I have a son who is now 21 years old, I cannot express how much his habit has affected us, he has actually lost grands, I have tried various things including sending him overseas for a change of scene ...

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    J – Son of a gambler

    First off, I want to say that I have an amazing father, and hate to question anything he says/does, even if I know he's making a mistake.

Gambler's Help 
LogoThere are many ways to seek professional and anonymous help for your own, or your loved one's problems with gambling.

If you need immediate help, please call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 (from within Australia only). This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free and confidential.