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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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    Paulo Lycee

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

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

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    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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    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.

Gambler's Help 

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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.