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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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    G

    Hello, I'm 16 years old and my dad has a gambling problem. I haven't decided to do much until now.

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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.

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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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    Anonymous

    I’m 15 years old and my dad has had a gambling addiction for the past year. I'd heard horror stories of people ruining their lives and family before with gambling, but I'd never understood what it ...

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    Cassie

    Reading these posts, I just can’t believe how all the stories are just like mine. I feel sick to my stomach as I have gambled our savings away.

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    Disgusted

    Too complicated to go into 45 years worth of the horror of living with someone you love but who, as a gambler, is incapable of loving anyone but himself.

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    Wayne

    My wife and I have been married for three years. When going into the relationship I had two houses, she had $8k credit card maxed out, and a car loan.

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    Sunil

    I have been gambling for last 25 years. I had a very successful business wife and two kids. I was new in this country.

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    Changing Today

    Hi everyone, My life has been ruined by online sports gambling. At my age I only have debt to my name no assets! Today I am not going to drop one more cent on gambling and try to occupy my life with m ...

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    Nicole

    Where do I start? I'm 27 years old I have two children aged 5 and almost 2. I am without a doubt a compulsive gambler and I need serious help.

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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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