Gambling harm isn’t just about losing money. It can affect how you feel.
We know it can be hard but talking about it means you can start to feel better.
Here are some real life stories of people who opened up and talked about the harm they were experiencing and got the support they needed. Now they share their story with you.
Foundation Lived Experience Advisory Committee member, Fred, shares about his recovery from gambling and the best part of giving up.
“I opened up to a friend about my gambling. The compassion and receptiveness she showed me ignited me to change.” Uni Student, Bayu, shares how talking helped him on the path to recovery.
Jan shares her story about recovery after being affected by her ex-husband’s gambling.
“I’m a lot happier. It was the best thing I ever did.” – Mario, eight years of not gambling on sport, now calls himself a proper tradie and business owner.
“It was hard for me to tell him, but when I did, he was so supportive that it made it easy for me.” Lynda describes how supportive her eldest son was by holding her hand while she called Gambler’s Help.
When she was gambling, Pauline transformed from being a bubbly person who loved bright clothing. What was she going to do to feel like her true self again?Read Pauline's story
Connie was a successful businesswoman with a great reputation. But after crossing paths with some shady characters, she turned to gambling and crime and lost her way.Read Connie's story
When Beryl started playing the pokies, she thought of it as her ‘time out’. But it became a lonely experience where her common sense was overridden by the psychology of play. Until COVID-19…Read Beryl's story
Before he was 10 years old, Ian was earning money then finding adults willing to place bets for him. He went from casinos to rehabilitation units in a downwards spiral until he approached Gambler’s Help ready and eager to change.Read Ian's story
While Steve’s friends could bet a little then walk away, he spent years maxxing out his credit cards and feeling ashamed of his hidden gambling habit. Now his self-awareness and determination to live openly and honestly keep him on track.Read Steve's story
Jan dreamed of a happily-ever-after marriage but instead found herself mopping up after the crises created by her husband’s gambling.Read Jan's story
Running and his determination to be a better dad and worker helped Patrick move on from gambling.Read Patrick's story
Gambling was meant to be a shortcut to retirement, but in reality, it was a roadblock. Once Terry woke up to the truth, he quit.Read Terry's story
Stuart battled against drugs and gambling for years and finally quit after walking out of a counselling session.Read Stuart's story
Carol found support in her son’s love, and her counsellor to overcome a pokies habit.Read Carol's story
After years when his gambling habit ran out of control, Rob’s openness to treatment and support helped him turn his life around.Read Rob's story
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.