I am 26 and my gambling addiction is now out of my own reach to fix where I honestly don’t know what to do. It all started in 2012, I was 20 owned my own home had a $70,000 car and two motorbikes with an ok paying job and I just knew how to save and enjoy life responsibly.
Then I was introduced to sports betting in 2012; I had a really good year on the punt winning more than $30,000. It all went south in 2013, one day it all went wrong, I lost $30,000 savings in one day and after that it just escalated.
I started missing mortgage payments so I decided to get a $20,000 loan to get me back on track. Just like that it was gone all into sports betting now after this they gave me $5000 worth of betting credit to bet each week and I would lose this every week. My pay was being put directly into sports betting account to pay off this credit but still was not enough. I then sold my car/house and that also disappeared began to steal from my parents and littler brother – from the very hands that fed me. Not once but four times equalling $100,000 maybe more and no matter how many times they tried to help I just wanted to chase my losses.
Fast forward to 2018 I still have a really good paying job today I have more than $30,000 in debt and $0 to my name. I have started to pawn tools to feed my gambling addiction because I blow my pay in a day. I am behind in loan repayments for my debts I have debt collectors after me. I honestly don’t know what help is or even if there’s a way out of this mess that I have got myself in. I’m disgusted by who I am everyday I just want to be debt free so I can escape this vicious cycle of gambling to pay for my losses. I’ve hurt so many people and all I want is to be normal I just want my life back I’m purely existing/surviving I want to live life.