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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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    JSMR

    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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    Jill

    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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    Aly

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

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    Louisa

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

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    Rachael

    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 ...

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    Karen

    Hi all I have just come across this fantastic website and would like to post a letter I wrote to my ex-partner in the hope that other people can identify with the feelings and know they are not alone ...

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    Anonymous

    I think my mother’s problem with gambling probably started after my father died in traumatic circumstances due to a hospital error.  Before that they were both social gamblers who would occasiona ...

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    Sue

    I have a sister who has been a pokie addict for many years. It is only recently that I have discovered how much money she has stolen from our mother who has dementia.

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    Gemma D

    What is the answer? Together for seven years with a gambler. Before we married I was promised he wouldn't gamble.

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    Worried Mother

    My son is a lovely person and I am very proud of him. He gambles on horse racing regularly and even though he has a good job that pays well he has no money.

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