I started gambling at the age of 8 as a bit of fun when my mum and dad used to take me to blackpool with my sisters. 19 years on and I still gamble, at first it was a bit of fun in school playing 21 on the way to school and on the way back from school. even playing quids against the wall in school, anything to earn a bit more money in school. this year I haven't gambled yet which I am proud of but i'm still scared as each day goes by. the past 5 years have been great with my ex partner but ended in being the worst time of my life. I was totally addicted to the roulette machines in the bookies even though I always knew they were fixed. Since my gambling come out I have lost my girlfriend, never really go and see my daughter and also have lost friends. [....]since I lost my family and friends I have been trying really hard to stay out the bookies and at the minute it is working but it is still hard. The only thing I have to keep me going is the picture of my daughter which I carry everywhere i go especially when I walk past a bookies. [....] now I just think of my daughter and look at her beautiful face every time im out. It is working but it's still early days and I just want everyone else who has the same problem to know were not alone in this [....] maybe we can help each other because sometimes it's best to talk with someone with the same problem and try to solve them together
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