I’ve been on here a few times it helps me a lot reading through the forum and I appreciate replies and advice I have received in the past. I am 26 years old and decided it’s time for change. My gambling started at younger than 18 where I was raised in a horse racing mad family. Once I was 18 I could legally gamble and online I had a few big wins and thought obviously it was great I was making money from my passion and hobby in horse racing but now 9 years down the line I’ve lost probably around 20K.
I am not in any debt and financially stable but that does not make the losses any easier to take when it’s written down on paper with a huge sum like 20K. I wouldn’t mind loosing a set limit I can afford a week as horse racing as a lot know it’s very rare you can actually make money from it betting but over the years I’ve chased my losses.
I suffer with depression and anxiety and the thoughts have been in my mind 24/7 after 2020 was probably my worst year in terms of chasing money and losses. I am now recieving weekly counselling over the phone through an agency and I hope this helps for me to draw a line in the sand and try and put the losses in the past and move forward. I hope I can continue to enjoy my hobby in horse racing but without the loosing of a lot of money.
Thanks for reading everyone like I said it just helps for me to post on here every now and then.
I am sorry you are going through a tricky time at the moment, you are never alone . There is plenty of support available to you and you have made a really positive step today by posting.
Please feel free to contact the GamCare Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or Netline to explore the additional support available to you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you would like to talk to one of the GamCare HelpLine advisers.
I would encourage you to make an appointment with your GP surrounding your anxiety/depression and any other feelings you may be experiencing due to gambling.