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

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

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    Winning is the beginning of my every day gamble;Lost so much money my life's in a shamble

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    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.

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    I joined the challenge after 20 years of gambling and realising I have an addiction to poker machines. I could go to the races or have a bet at the TAB - and would just bet a few dollars, However ...

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    Wasting your life is what gambling is. I gamble on sports betting and horse racing. I thought I knew sport. I thought I knew AFL. I thought I studied the form and put the work in to pick winners.

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    Just new to this but would love to get some inspiration to stop gambling. I am in a really bad place financially and need to stop.

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.