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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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    Michelle

    I had a very serious gambling problem which lead me to being incarcerated in maximum security prison for nine months. The absolute devastation and consequences of my gambling addiction has made m ...

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    Jake

    I am Jake.  I started gambling when I was 19 and have been gambling on and off till now. I am currently 35.  I vaguely remember how I got started, I was invited to a friend's birth ...

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    Emma

    This is hard for me to admit but I have a gambling problem.

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    Carlos

    I have been gambling since the age of 10. It started off with $1 scratchy cards that mum used to buy me. This was just the start.

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    James

    I've always liked card games, since I was a child. My family often gathered together to play Blackjack. I never thought it could affect me later on in life.

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    Tom

    I have been gambling since about the age of 19. I am 34 years old.

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    Ryan

    First time I ever played the pokies, I won $3250 after spending only $20. Next day, won another $2000. Been hitting pokies up for 10 years now.

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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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    Dave

    I am over the worry and let down to my partner. I have been a long term gambler with good times and bad but inevitably it ends in tears. It's time to appreciate how hard it is to earn what I do and fo ...

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    Brett

    I have been gambling for roughly 10-13 years (I'm 33). It has never really been a problem for me but over the last year i find myself needing bigger bets to get the highs of winning.

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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.

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