As much out of curioisty as anything else I wondered how many people on here work within the gambling industry?. I have had bad gambling problems in the past and luckily after good help generally things are better now. I have had my slip-ups and even one fairly recently where I tried financial markets spread betting making myself believe they weren't betting like I did on sports. Of course it was just me trying to convince myself and it ended badly. But as I say generally it does not cause me too many problems now which I am so happy about.
I have for over 20 years worked in some form or another in the industry itself. I work for an online bookmaker currently. I don't think this helps with possible temptation being around it and people talking about it etc at work. But at the same time I can also feel guilty too working on that side of it. Am I being hypocritical maintaining a job in that field, I don't know. Of course though I need a job (more than ever just at the moment) and moving to different industries has proved problematic. And of course, when my gambling was at its worse and debt was a huge issue I needed a job and regular pay.
I just wondered if any other forum users also worked within the industry and their thoughts about it. I have tried to think about alternate careers and had the odd interview and failed. It is not easy.
Take care everyone.
Hello J.D, welcome to the GamCare forum.
Sorry there's not been any responses on your post so far, but this is a topic that does come up every so often. I've had a look around and found a few previous posts from people in a similar position to yourself. I hope you find these helpful.
Glad to hear that you feel gambling is not so much of a problem for you now, but if you ever do feel like you need a bit of a support, or just to talk through your feelings about it, we're here on the HelpLine, 24/7. You can contact us on 0808 8020 133 or by Livechat.