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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.

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

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

Gambler's Help 

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.