Read our story about James, 34 years old
“I knew that if I was going to kick my gambling habit then I needed professional help. I have been a problem gambler for over 15 years and have previously seeked help as well as tried giving up on my own but had always fallen back into bad habits. About 6 months ago I decided that I couldn’t live like this anymore, the pain, the lies, relationships and obviously the debt. I googled gambling support and came across Mission Australia.
“I booked into see a counsellor the next day and have never looked back. I knew that if I was serious about beating this addiction than I had to lay everything on the table and be completely honest. That is a very hard thing to do but it is the only way for one to remove the immediate guilt and to move forward with your fight against gambling. I have since worked through not only things that trigger my need to gamble but also life and personality issues that surround a depressed helpless gambler.
“The professional help at Mission Australia has truly changed my life. I don’t for one second believe that I am cured but I have come to realise that gambling is an addiction that can be controlled with the right help. I have developed an incredible relationship with my counsellor, she understands the person I am and has years of knowledge from working with other problem gamblers.
“She has exposed me to some fantastic reading material and social media sites that have given me an amazing insight into other people’s stories, many of which make you realise that there are many people out there who are suffering in the same way you are. Importantly, you are working with people who do understand why you gamble and the choices you make, something that a majority of society wouldn’t understand.
“I believe this type of professional help is essential to all problem gambler’s, it is amazing how quickly you can rediscover the real you and leave behind the ugly world of gambling with the right help. It is a fairly steep mountain to climb but take my advice and start climbing because with the right people in your corner you can beat this…..as long as you are serious about reducing or never gambling again than it will happen.”
Hear from George
“Counselling has helped me gather the tools to help me when gambling flashes through my head. I am in a better financial situation. I made the correct decision to stop gambling and it has been extremely positive to all areas of my life. I feel like I am tackling and conquering the most important thing in my life. I could not have done it without counselling”.
Hear from Jean
“I am in the best place I have been for 18 years. I feel like I am tackling and conquering the most important thing in my life. The fact is, I am actually doing it. I have tried before but this is my time. This is so big – to not feel like I am carrying the heavy load.”
Hear from Sue
“Counselling has given me a perspective on my life in a non-judgemental environment. It has helped me accept truths about my gambling behaviour and how I can enjoy my life without it.”
Hear from Jack
“Counselling helps you address your problems – because I feel there are always other problems going on. I would like to tell people – there could be someone in your life that is a problem gambler who is tearing their life apart. Counselling will help them as it has helped me. They may hate to know the truth initially but once they accept it, they can start to rebuild their life”.
It’s never too late to get your life back on track.