As an 18-year-old I downloaded a betting app on my phone. Over six months, the amounts I was betting on sports increased.
Around my 19th birthday, I was starting to place bets in the $1000s, and then one day I deposited $2500.
Over a month, I got that amount up to $13,000. One night I lost it all. That’s where I realised I was now an addict.
For the next 6 months I was spending pay check to pay check on gambling and borrowing lots of money.
After a year of that I have now given up for 4 months, life’s a lot better without gambling, but it does take time to overcome an addiction.
I’m now down to about $5,000 debt which I hope to have paid off soon.