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M R’s story

I had only just been paid and lost £450 at the casino. It was clear I needed help with my gambling addiction, especially as I had tried periods of self-exclusion in the past but there was always that urge to continue gambling.

Before I made the call for support, I felt embarrassed that I was not able to stop by myself, and felt a sense of shame. I was experiencing dark periods and mood changes, and I was not enjoying my lifestyle. But once you have that conversation about your issues with gambling and it’s all out in the open, you can work with a trained gambling specialist who will listen to you, provide support, and help you set goals to ultimately achieve your target – of stopping that urge to gamble.

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