Many people who have shared their stories on the Gambling Help website feel like they’re at “Rock Bottom” struggling with everything from financial problems and relationship breakdowns, to homelessness and loss of work. Their words express enormous guilt, sadness, anger, and shame at the end of a gambling episode – sometimes there are even thoughts of suicide. And yet the urge to gamble is still there.
For many people, reaching out for help when you feel overwhelmed and even ashamed of the decisions you have made is very hard. However those people who have had the courage to seek support often say how relieved they are to have made that first courageous step. They deserve nothing but our admiration!
That step can be anything: looking at stories from others, ordering some of our free materials such as our gambling help workbook or our wallet reminder card. Keep in mind not only what you have lost through gambling but also what there is to gain. It may take time but it is possible to win back the trust and respect from those who love you.
Remember that right now, experienced counsellors are available by phone on 1800 858 858 to talk to you confidentially about your gambling.