Hi to anyone who reads this. Have had 7 years of hell through gambling. But had great support of parents and partner and urge people to let those closest know your problems as it is a great weight of your shoulders. Here’s my story.
I had and currently still have a great job and even managed to save up thousands of pounds to hopefully get a mortgage. But one day something clicked in my head where I thought putting big stakes down on bets means I win big. But little would I know I would lose big as well. Over the last 7 years I have been through 3 spells of ringing up thousands of pounds worth of debt which the current one is at 15000. Each spell I have wasted my wage each month on betting and then would get loans out to bet with or to try and make out life was perfect to my family and friends and that I had money to hand if I needed it. Luckily I am able to cover my debts with my monthly wage but if I sunk to getting one more loan I would be relying on someone else to pay that debt for me. That was a turning point for me and I knew I needed help and knew I had to come clean to the people close to me.
The hardest part each time has been telling my partner and parents and they have been ace each time I have told them but this is the first time I have seeked help. As in the past it seemed to easy to drop back in the same routine. I want this bad part of my life over with for good!
seeing other peoples stories and advice Through this website so far has been a great help for me as I didn’t feel comfortable seeking face to face help.
currently I am about a month and a half gambling free and feel like I am slowly turning a corner with my life but any extra advice or help I would be very grateful.
Welcome to the forum and thank you for posting and sharing your experience.
First of all well done for being gamble free for a month and a half that is a fantastic achievement. It is never an easy realisation to come to that gambling has got the hold over you it has and finally reaching out for support.
There are many forum users that I am sure will be able to give you some brilliant advice. I would encourage you to call the helpline on 0808 8020 133 or come on the live chat and speak to adviser who will be able to discuss with you ways that we can help and support you further.
All the best