Michael is 22 years old and has spent more than $50,000 on gambling, he now wishes he never started gambling.
Unfortunately this is something we hear a lot when working with problem gamblers, young people are captivated by gambling and then before they know it, their gambling has spiraled out of control and is costing them not only financially but damaging their relationships.
I am 22 years old and have spent over $50 000 dollars gambling in my life time.
I have nothing to show for it and wish I had never started. It’s effecting my relationships, my friends, my family.
If I can take myself away from the bad habit I will be better off.
As Michael has found, Gambling is more than just a bad habit, it is costly and can take more from your life than just money.
$50,000 is a lot of hard-earned money to lose. The important thing now is that Michael recognises it is time to get help and he can change his future.
By calling Gambling Help on 1800 858 858, Michael will be able to speak with a counsellor who can help him understand why he continues to gamble.
Together, they will be able to come up with strategies to prevent future disappointments.
Gambling Help is a free and confidential service. Counsellors are trained to help people sort out their finances and their gambling issues and help people make positive changes to their lives.
At the moment Michael wishes he could change the past, but the most important thing to focus on is that he has taken the first step in controlling his future.
By recognising the consequences of his gambling, he has decided to make changes to his gambling so he can be better off, not only financially but happier.
Michael can also find help at the Gambling Help website http://www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/GamblingHelp/HelpNearYou/Search.aspx where he’ll find a list of free counselling services close to him. There is also help for family and friends.