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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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    Clare

    I have been with my partner for more than 9 years. Like others I knew he liked to have a bet and while we had separate pays and separate bank accounts I didn't realise (or mentally accept) how ...

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    Louise

    My son is an amazing person with such a bright future. He went to a school for gifted children, won many sporting events and has taken on many leadership roles. I am very proud of him, his achievement ...

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    Dave

    My problem started with online pokies, I’ve lost about $70,000 in the past 3 years. The problem with online gambling is that you don’t even have to leave your house to lose thousands. I’m so disappoin ...

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    Anon

    When I first met my husband I was a single mother with two small children, I had escaped an abusive relationship, I had walked away from everything I owned, my job and home to&nb ...

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    Eve

    I have been gambling online behind my family's back for over 3 years now... I don’t even know why I do it, maybe boredom, trying to hide away from dealing with my own issues.

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    Paulo Lycee

    'It’s difficult to quit pokies' I have said to many, and sure it is.

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    Joanne

    My partner had a serious gambling problem and lost a lot of money, but he went Gamblers Anonymous five years ago and stopped gambling completely.

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    Anon

    I've done it again, I had over $2,000 in the bank and I've just spent that playing the pokies hoping that I'll win big by betting the highest that the machine will go.

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    Neil

    Where do I start? Gambled going on 40 years and after each big loss the same thoughts enter my head, never again. Till next time that is.

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    Donna

    I’ve been living with a compulsive gambler for thirty years. I could write a book about the things he has done to me over the years, but that's just predictable. We have both been to Gamblers Anonymou ...

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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.