Content Warning - this program features a personal story that includes gambling and suicidal thoughts that may be distressing to some listeners. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea right now you should skip of this podcast. If this does raise questions or causes distress, please call Lifeline (13 11 14) or Beyond Blue (1300 224 636).
SJ grew up in the seventies in New Zealand, in a time when there was little control of children being exposed to poker machines in pubs. Bingo and pokies played a big part of her early family life, gambling as an eight-year-old, drinking from about 12 and smoking as a teenager.
It took SJ about 30 years to seek help because she felt ashamed of her gambling. Eventually when self-exclusion from pokies venues was no working out, she tried controlled gambling but eventually she returned to addictive gambling. As gambling further damaged her relationships, she sought help through Gamblers Anonymous. SJ quickly realized that this was really her last chance of recovery and embraced the Gamblers Anonymous fellowship and that enabled her to break the isolation and address her real problems.
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.
If you are a partner, family member or friend of someone with a gambling problem you may find the help you need with a GAM-ANON group. The GA website has a link to their website and contact details: gaaustralia.org.au/gam-anon
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