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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 son, who is nearly 25, has a good job, degree, nice car, good-looking, talented at sport, lots of good friends - all good apart from gambling. He says that he doesn't have a problem.

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    My dad has a really bad gambling addiction problem. He has lost so much money over the pokies.

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    Hi there, I am 28 years old have been gambling on online sports for 1 full year. I started as a little bit of fun and then as I started to lose a lot of money I have started to feel the addiction. I h ...

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    My name is Steve and I am a compulsive gambler. I am 42 years old and have been gambling as long as I can remember. From the time I was a kid I remember my dad taking me to the racetrack and I was hoo ...

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    My partner is a compulsive gambler in denial. He plays poker online to win money to gamble on trading websites. He has lost $15k in two years on trading websites. He basically bets on whether shares w ...

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    My husband and I met 5 years ago. I knew gambling was part of his life and never knew it was a big problem for him since he seemed okay when I was with him. A few years ago we moved to a small town fo ...

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    I really felt bad what I have done to myself as I became addicted to gambling since last year. I started playing roulette online lost lots and lots of money and kept on trying to chase my money but un ...

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    My 2014 New Year’s resolution

    I have a long list of things I would like to change in 2014. My number one top priority is to STOP PLAYING THE POKIES!

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