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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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    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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    Cam

    January 30, 2014: Dear Gambling,  Today I get to write you my final farewell and goodbye.

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    G

    Hello, I'm 16 years old and my dad has a gambling problem. I haven't decided to do much until now.

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    Mariam

    I have a son who is now 21 years old, I cannot express how much his habit has affected us, he has actually lost grands, I have tried various things including sending him overseas for a change of scene ...

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    J – Son of a gambler

    First off, I want to say that I have an amazing father, and hate to question anything he says/does, even if I know he's making a mistake.

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    Anonymous

    I’m 15 years old and my dad has had a gambling addiction for the past year. I'd heard horror stories of people ruining their lives and family before with gambling, but I'd never understood what it ...

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    Cassie

    Reading these posts, I just can’t believe how all the stories are just like mine. I feel sick to my stomach as I have gambled our savings away.

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    Disgusted

    Too complicated to go into 45 years worth of the horror of living with someone you love but who, as a gambler, is incapable of loving anyone but himself.

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    Wayne

    My wife and I have been married for three years. When going into the relationship I had two houses, she had $8k credit card maxed out, and a car loan.

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    Sunil

    I have been gambling for last 25 years. I had a very successful business wife and two kids. I was new in this country.

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