Real-life stories of gambling harm
PGF Services is committed to safer gambling practices through community education and awareness. One way we do this is by sharing our clients' personal stories of gambling harm. We always have permission from the client to share their story and often they remain anonymous. Clients often find that writing about their experience is therapeutic.
Below is collection of real-life stories shared with us by our clients. We appreciate the courage it takes to share these stories, and thank them for their contribution in helping us raise awareness of gambling harm.
Micheal dropped more than one-hundred thousand dollars into pokie machines. In this video, Michael shares how gambling harm affected his life, and why he called PGF Services for help and support. Read more...
"I was spending next to every day at the pokies."
Anna (not her real name) is a former PGF client and shared her story in support of the Auckland sinking lid campaign in 2013. At the young age of 18 she became addicted to the pokies after an ex-boyfriend’s mother gave her $20 and told her to try her luck. Her story is one that may be familiar to many. Read more...
No Second Chance
Over a period of about 10 years, I went from small time hobby gambler to an out-of-control heavy gambler. It only ended when one day my wife asked me: “Was there anything you want to tell me?” and that was it, it was over. Read more...
My son stole money to fuel a gambling problem - an affected other story.
The day that my illusions about my family life were destroyed started with a phone call from my son’s stepmother at 7am. I was told that my son had been stealing large sums of money from his employer and was using it to gamble on the pokie machines at work. Read more...
Living with a gambler
Mary was married to a gambler in the 1960s-70s. In this three-part podcast series Mary talks about what it was like to be married to someone who suffered from gambling addiction, her experience with support services in those days, and how his gambling affected relationships. Click the links below to listen and read the three-part series.
Part 1: Living with a gambler
Part 2: No Support
Part 3: Broken Relationships