Mary M got addicted to slot machines after playing them to numb the emotional pain in her life. Calling a help-line and using Internet support sites was a turning point. Whilst no single treatment or support service was the answer, all of them helped to set her on the path towards recovery.
Casey started gambling at the casino for fun, but she just kept on chasing her losses, started binge gambling and ended up thinking that if she “worked hard” at gambling then she would get ahead. Now Casey has been going to GA meetings and reads other people’s recovery stories to get inspired and stay away from gambling completely.
Arnie began gambling as a small child but his first big win at 14 was when it started to get out of hand. Later he got into a lot of debt and began stealing to gamble. Eventually, Arnie found out that he was not the only one with a gambling problem and with the help of some friends he gained hope and was able to stop. Arnie hasn’t gambled in 38 years.
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Story summary: Lisajo, gambled to try and forget about the issues in her life. After six years of gambling she realised that she had to stop and so she started attending Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings. Lisajo managed to quit gambling for three years and eventually stopped going to GA. Then one day, after a big argument with her brother, she had a relapse and gambled. However, the next day Lisajo was able to pick herself up again, she listened to gambler’s stories, went for a long walk, chatted on gamtalk, made up with her brother and continued on her recovery journey.
Here at gamtalk, we decided to read through the Stories of Hope and summarise what they had in common so that it might help others on their own recovery journey. Not everyone experiences the same issues, but the boxes above show some of the stages and things that were linked to problem gambling and the…
Story summary: Lonely lost control of her gambling after her divorce, when she began to gamble to escape. Now she realizes trying to escape is not a good a good feeling anymore.
These videos are about problem gambling helpline and support seeking in Oregon, but they also give some insight into what to expect from these kinds of services in most places