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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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    Changing Today

    Hi everyone, My life has been ruined by online sports gambling. At my age I only have debt to my name no assets! Today I am not going to drop one more cent on gambling and try to occupy my life with m ...

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    Where do I start? I'm 27 years old I have two children aged 5 and almost 2. I am without a doubt a compulsive gambler and I need serious help.

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    John Jones

    It always starts with a win that what’s gets you hooked. Then a bit of a roll only for a little while until you lose it all.

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    It all starts of as fun, you go to the casino and have a night out, spend a small bit maybe lose or win, but it was fun and you walk out the door not thinking about it.

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    A Singaporean son

    When my father passed away, he left us with a fortune that could enable us to live a carefree life, travelling, etc.

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    My husband has been gambling for more than a year now, before we got pregnant.

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    I am new here, and have read many of your stories. My partner and I have been together for 16 years now and most pretty good. We share two beautiful girls and a house full of debt. The last five years ...

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    I have lived with my partner for four years and have a two year old child who adores her father very much. It has been a week since I decided that maybe I was meant to be on my own and have a beautif ...

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    It has been 10 days into my 100 and I am feeling too confident. I think feeling that way is unhealthy. I know my continuing gambling put me in a very bad place emotionally and physically. The voices i ...

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    My mum HAD a gambling problem. When I was growing up, I thought I was invincible. My mum had 4 kids, me being the second oldest.

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