I gambled everyday for years without realising that I was a compulsive gambler. I lost everything or so I thought until my wife died. I was 49 years old. Only then did I truly realise that I had lost the best person in my life but she had come second to gambling, I had taken her love for granted. We went without everything for years, I gave it all to a roulette wheel, my children had grown up and left while I watched the wheel spin, I even infected my disease onto them whenever I wanted company. Then I decided to take control GA was my finest step forward and gave me strength I didn’t realise I possessed. I told everyone in my life that I was an addict, even my bank manager. I faced it all head on and through GA felt empowered. The debt I had racked up was horrendous, unpaid bills and credit cards, loans to banks and friends. Once empowered I could stop telling lies. I faced up to everyone I owed. I vowed to repay every cent. Nearly 8 years later I am debt free, own my own home, in a new marriage, gambling free from September 2011 and feeling healthy and clean. This was all due to a first step into GA. I am not becoming complacent and still live one day at a time but I have good support and coping mechanisms in place when the black clouds enter my thoughts. Thank you all. I owe you everything.