Acceptance and commitment – Part II

In Part I, I talked about acceptance - acceptance of what cannot be changed in life and of our imperfections. Today I want to talk about how to commit to taking action on what we can change, so that we can live a richer and more meaningful life in line with our values. What are … Continue reading Acceptance and commitment – Part II

Acceptance and commitment – Part I

It’s 5pm, knockoff time. You just got paid today. You are thinking of dropping into the club on the way home and going for an hour on the pokies. You’ll withdraw $100 and if you lose that, that’s it. There’s a little voice at the back of your head saying you won’t be able to … Continue reading Acceptance and commitment – Part I

What are your triggers?

Identifying personal triggers for gambling is a difficult task, but the identification of such triggers is the first step toward being able to control them. They may vary between individuals, as we are all unique in our personal experiences, but the list below provides some common triggers that many gamblers experience. Low Mood: Feelings of … Continue reading What are your triggers?

What will your New Year’s resolution be?

Well it's that time of year again. The time when people make all sorts of commitments about what they want to change in the New Year. Some people want to lose a few kilos, some want to give up smoking and for others, they would like to have a life free from gambling. We all … Continue reading What will your New Year’s resolution be?

The Hokey Pokie machine

Before we put our left (or right) hand into our pockets, get out our wallet and shake it all about, let’s be clear about one thing, pokie machines are not designed to help players make money. Yes, you might sometimes have a win, but if you keep playing, you’ll most likely lose all the money … Continue reading The Hokey Pokie machine

Josephine’s story

My husband is a compulsive gambler in the stock market losing every single cent of the family's savings.  Presently we are living on banks borrowings.  He has worked as a stock broker since 1996 and has been punting all these years.  He is now indebted to an amount of 200+ thousand. I am very frustrated, … Continue reading Josephine’s story