Real life stories

How does gambling turn into problem gambling?

Listen to people talk about how gambling became a problem for them.


Anna talks about how pokies consumed her life.


Gabriela Byrne talks about her frightening “affair” with poker machines.


Peter Byrne, husband of Gabriela, talks about how Gabriela’s addiction affected the entire family.


Julia tells how the pokies consumed her every thought.


Thomas tells his story about how he became addicted to gambling and how he got help to overcome his problem.


Tim shares his story about seeking help, and overcoming problem gambling.

Contact us

If gambling has become a problem for you, or someone you care about, get some help. It’s free and confidential.

Call the Gambling Helpline on 1800 858 858 anytime 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

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