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overcome or are dealing with the impact of problem gambling. We hope you find comfort and strength in each
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I started gambling when I was about 22, I'm 27 now. I would do sports betting and started off with a couple bucks here and there.
It all started with a few good wins. Won around $5000 my first week betting on sports and racing. Lost all of it in the following three weeks.
I discovered gambling in 2011 at the age of 19. Me and a buddy went into the casino one summer night when we were finally old enough just to see what the hype was all about.
My partner of 2.5 years lied to me about gambling for the past year of our relationship.
I'm 22 years old and I've been gambling ever since I turned 18. I sit here thinking about the $30,000 of debt I'm stuck with, all thanks to my gambling problem.
I started gambling when my marriage broke down about thirteen years ago. Since then, I have gone through so much of my assets and money it's just not funny.
It all began with my student loan. I didn't want to add this additional financial pressure to my wife and kid. I thought betting on sports could solve this problem.
I'm a 16 year old boy. I started playing Texas Holdem with my friends about 6 months.
Winning is the beginning of my every day gamble; Lost so much money my life's in a shamble
My life is almost perfect. I have two wonderful children, I have a great job running my own successful business. I have a lot of friends, a beautiful house, I drive a luxury car.
There are many ways to seek professional and anonymous help for your own, or your loved one's problems with gambling.