Awareness and prevention
Written by: Christmas luck
Hi, I am 33 years old and I have gambled in the past but nothing to worry myself until recently.
Hi, I am 33 years old and I have gambled in the past but nothing to worry myself until recently. I have a good job and I work hard for my money. My best friend had an intense gambling addiction previously and I never thought I have the potential to walk down the same path until recently.
Last Christmas, I had way too much to drink, ended up at the casino by myself, put in $50 into a slot machine and started betting $5 a pull and in my drunken haze, I stumbled out of the casino that night with $2000 in hand. Already saving up for a trip to Thailand with my girlfriend, I thought this would be a nice addition for our vacation.
New year's day, I had way too much to drink, ended up at the casino to try my luck again, and was down $1300 in an hour. My money didn't go very far with me doing drunken $15 pulls at the slots. Feeling defeated, I went home to sleep it off only to find out that I was not able just sleep it off. So there I was, 5.30 am, I find myself standing outside the casino floors ready to wager the remainder. I figured easy come easy go, what's the worst that could happen? An hour later, I walked away with $5000 in hand and looking back, this could be the most costly lesson to be had. This money could have paid for the whole trip and I can totally do this again I thought.
A week ago, having a few way too many, I ended up at the casino alone and pissed away $2300 faster than I could finish my cigarette. The reason why I stopped was because I have maxed out both of my cards for the day. But I wasn't going to let that stop me. Went to the cage, silver tongued my way to another $2000 just to have it all gone within minutes. It is only after I have woken up from my slumber have I felt the true meaning of fear, fear for my own actions, and disgust for my lack of will-power.
There is still $700 left for our vacation fund but all I think and dream about is to hit it one more time. Just once, I hear myself say it over and over again. I hate to say I am addicted but coming from a guy that has never gambled more than $500 in one sitting, I am scared. Last year, my best friend lost over $200,000 and I have always wondered how he managed to do such a thing but now I understand. I have promised my girl a vacation and I hate to let her down. I hate to see myself like this.
There 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.