John grew up surrounded by alcoholism and gambling from a very young age and sought escape from life’s responsibilities through gambling. He chose TAB betting on horses and dogs and found that his gambling led to a second life hidden from family and friends. Eventually John had to admit it to his family, sought help through Gamblers Anonymous and after five years had a 3 year bust but was eventually able to quit gambling. Once he felt hopeless but with the help of GA members John now have every reason to live life to the fullest.
Ian started gambling on sport and racing in his mid-teens and continued till he had nothing 22 years later. Coming to Gamblers Anonymous he found people just like himself, who actually cared about his wellbeing, like a real family. Ian found that abstaining completely and attending GA meetings regularly enabled him to break free of the gambling compulsion, regain control of his live again and has now abstained from gambling for 22 years.
If you’re having trouble with gambling, or has a friend or family member that does, then maybe Gamblers Anonymous could help – phone (03) 9696 6108 or visit their website gaaustralia.org.au for information and to see a list of local meetings.