Paul had a pretty difficult life as a child and was brought up by his Grandmother, who was an active gambler. He left school early and started underage gambling and drinking in his teens. Gambling became a central part of his life and led Paul to engage in crime to meet his gambling debts, eventually he ended up with suicidal thoughts. He found help from Gamblers Anonymous through a psychiatric hospital and he took six months leave to focus on his recovery. Paul got serious and embraced the 12 steps, got honest, changed his values and built a contented life without needing to gamble.
If you’re having trouble with gambling, or have 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.
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