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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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    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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    Sammy

    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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    Scott

    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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    Ian

    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.

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    Anonymous

    My partner of 2.5 years lied to me about gambling for the past year of our relationship.

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    Joshua

    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.

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    Shirley

    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.

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    Michael

    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.

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    Clems

    I'm a 16 year old boy. I started playing Texas Holdem with my friends about 6 months.

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