Viv only started gambling later in life when the Pokies came to town. It seemed glamourous at first and a safe place for women, but it was never a social thing. She started slowly but eventually became edgy and impatient to gamble. Money was always a problem as she became more reckless trying to win back her losses. She tried Gamblers Help but realized that she couldn’t control her gambling and went to Gamblers Anonymous briefly but didn’t stay. Viv’s crisis occurred when her support from her mum and sister ended suddenly and she turned back to GA in desperation. Now free of her addiction Viv is able to enjoy her grandchildren and help other problem gamblers kick the habit.
Todd had his first (winning) bet at 9 years old and it felt so euphoric that he can still remember all the details of the greyhound race vividly. Once he started working around 17 years old he went to the horse races and had win, then another win and he was hooked. Todd’s family was unaware that he was spending all his pay in the TAB, he tried all other forms of gambling but the TAB was the most convenient and anonymous. He came into GA when he was 19 but could only stop gambling for short periods returning reluctantly for help. Todd came back to GA in earnest 15 years ago, he no longer has the urge to gamble and life is sweet.
If you’re having trouble with gambling and think that Gamblers Anonymous could help you then phone (03) 9696 6108 or see their website gaaustralia.org.au.