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Joe gambled secretly but eventually came clean and got help

Joe (not his real name) from Leeds got into gambling at university so badly he couldn’t pay his rent and left without graduating. He then found a job and used all his spare money on gambling. He moved back in with his mum but continued to gamble, taking out loans and credit cards.

He continued to live his life whilst gambling secretly but eventually came clean to his wife and got help from Gamblers Anonymous.

Exercise has been a big help in Joe’s recovery, but he also recognises that he should avoid gambling altogether for his sake as well as his loved ones. He wants to see better awareness of the warning signs of a gambling problem, more open discussion about these so that more people can reach out for support sooner.

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Page last updated: 8th Oct 2020 11:03am

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