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Steph's story

I have only been gambling for 2 years and it's ruining my life already. It all started with buying the odd scratch card when I went into a shop. I had a few wins and got addicted to them.

Then someone told me about online casinos/bingo. I put in $5 and won $200.

I started doing it more and more from that day. I am so addicted that I will even go without cigarettes to save the money to play online games.

I’m a 27-year-old mother of 3 young children and feel like I'm failing them. They never go without food because my mother is good to us. But sometimes I spend all her money as well.

I never thought anything could be so addictive. Sometimes I just sit and look at my kids and cry. I think ‘why can't I do this for the most important people in my life’?

My partner says if I don't stop he's going to leave me. I don't think he understands how hard it is. If I could stop and never spend another penny then I would do it in a heartbeat.