Steve has been off the punt for about 4 years thanks to help from Gamblers Anonymous and talks about how he was introduced to underage drinking and gambling in his mid-teens with his friends. He talks about his first bet being a win and then he was hooked, trying to recreate that buzz of winning. Gambling strengthened his relationship with his friends, and later he sought out friends who enjoyed gambling.
Steve gambled for about 20 years before he could no longer hide it from his wife. It was a great relief when he told her about the gambling, a huge weight off his shoulders, but she gave him the ultimatum – gambling or family, not both. He chose family and rocked up to Gamblers Anonymous but didn’t think it was necessary for him, as he was still in denial. Eventually Steve connected with the members and realized that it was possible to live and enjoy his life without gambling.
Steve talks candidly about the need to be ready to stop gambling, about the fact that he will always be a compulsive gambler but how embracing the Gamblers Anonymous approach enabled him to better cope with life without gambling.
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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