“I’m 22 years old and I’ve been gambling ever since I turned 18. I sit here thinking about the $30,000 of debt I’m stuck with, all thanks to my gambling problem.
It was only tonight that I went to the club thinking that tonight’s the night. That tonight I’m gonna win big because I needed to!
Thirty minutes and $1,000 later I worked out it’s not. In the last five weeks I have lost over $6,000 and every time I say to myself that I’m not a gambler and I don’t need help. Well, from this moment I have to realise that I need help before it becomes worse than it already is.
All my friends are thinking about buying investment properties or investing in shares or a business, while I think about how I’m gonna afford to pay my loans and credit cards after losing my whole pay cheque on the horse that was ‘a sure thing’.
It has taken four years and $30,000 of debt for me to stop and actually reflect back and realise that I am a gambler and I need help.
I have been with my partner for more than 9 years. Like others I knew he liked to have a bet and while we had separate pays and separate bank accounts I didn’t realise (or mentally accept) how much of a problem gambler he was/is until we had our second child and we began relying on only his income.
It seems like every month we have the same fight over him gambling every cent away. I keep giving him chances because I love him and for the sake of our kids. The fact he refuses to seek help or change his ways means I am falling out of love with him and feel anger and resentment. I don’t know what to do.