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It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up early in the morning and find Fred gone. He’d come back hours later. It turns out he was up all night waiting for money to land in our account so he could take it out straight away, catch a taxi to the casino and put it through the pokies. Always confident of a big win that never came. I did try and explain that the machines are designed so that you never actually win, but he refused to believe me. In the end I got sick of the arguing, so I stopped complaining.
I really wish I had known about Gambler’s Help back then. I wish I could’ve called them and got some advice as to how to handle the whole situation. I tried to talk directly to Fred about it, but it always ended in tears from me and him disappearing to gamble some more. We had so many people chasing us for money it was beyond a joke, and yet he still refused to listen.
Gambler’s Help is a free service. They’re available all the time. You can call them on 1800 858 858 or email them. They even have a super amazing live chat feature and public forum on their website.
Gambler’s Help offers counselling. Over the phone, in person, with or without your partner. They can help with financial counselling too. One in four people that contact them are actually not gamblers themselves, but they have someone in their life who is struggling with a gambling problem. You need to know you are not alone. There are many people that have walked down this road before you and they can help with practical and emotional support.
To speak to someone directly, contact Gambler’s Help on 1800 858 858, or to find out some more info and check out the live chat or email counselling, just go the website.