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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 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 little bro is only 20 years of age. We were separated at a young age when he was only 9 years old. He was raised by our dad who suffered a gambling addiction for horse & dog racing. Our mot ...

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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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    I was so naive. It would never happen to me. I didn't even know how to put money into a pokie machine!  If I purchase a scratchie and win nothing, I feel terrible.

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    After being with my partner for over a year he finally came clean about being a problem gambler.

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    My husband and I have been married 11 years, together 13 years.

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    I was 18 just finishing school and you were 31 when we started to become an item, you were funny, smart, motivated, young at heart, helpful, loved the outdoors and adventure. I soon moved out of home ...

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.