Saturday, April 19, 2014
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The National Council on Problem Gambling
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Washington, DC 20001
Phone 202.547.9204
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Real Voices



In order to get beyond the statistics and provide a more personal and individual picture of this issue, this section features the stories of individuals who have been affected by problem gambling, including problem gamblers and their family members, friends, colleagues and employers; treatment providers; advocates; and any others.


  • After 2 semesters in college, I am wondering where all my money has gone. I would tell myself time and time again to stop betting, whether it be online poker, blackjack, or sports bets. A few days later i would always be back placing more bets and telling myself that if i lose this time I would be done forever. I'd win big a couple times, but only to increase my betting size and lose it all days later, and still bet more money. The highs were nice, but the lows were horrible. Read more>>>


  • Hi I’m 12 years old and have three sisters. And well my dad is addicted to gambling. My mom and dad have been fighting ever since he started his problem which is about three years ago and now it scares me to think that they might get a divorce. Well finally after talking everything out my dad has agreed to find some help so I decided to help them find some help.  


  • Imagine that your own 11 year old daughter approaches you and says "Dad, I want to talk to you please". You say, "Sure honey, what is it?" She then asks your other 8 year old daughter and your 4 year old son to leave her room so she can plead with you to stop gambling. Imagine that you see her tears and then you tell her that nothing causing her to cry would be worth doing again; yet you go and do it over and over again. Have you not, at that stage, lost your human side out to a formidable foe?! Read more>>>


  • I'm sitting here trying to figure out how to tell my husband that once again we have a major credit card bill on the way. I swore to him that it would never happen again. I believed my vow, especially when I saw how hard he had to work to pay off the last debt I ran up. How can I tell him I've done it again? I lied about where I was and would rather die than tell him the truth again. I won't blame him if he leaves me. Losing money is one thing, losing my husband, well I can't believe I took that chance. I hope this helps someone like me out there. Now I have to make that phone call to the help line. I can't say good luck, but I can wish you well.


  • Greetings, I'm a compulsive gambler. I've been in the Las Vegas Gambler's Anonymous program since 1992. I've gone out there countless times to try to prove I can gamble like others. I am currently living my program, and am very happy. 


  • Good Morning. Here's something for your real voices section.  When I travel I make the mistake of thinking I can casually gamble in Indian casinos playing the slots.  On occasion I've won really big, but the net is not very good.  It's pretty clear to me from your self test that I have a gambling problem.  Thank you for your web site and for the information you have.  I'm going to get help now.



G amblers always are trying new ways to make a bet

A nd then end up getting themselves deeper into debt

M oney is not there when needed to put food on the table

B ecause they throw it away as soon as they're able

ook how often this tragic habit affects their health

E  ver they constantly strive to create easy wealth

R  eally, all that they accomplish is to lose their wives

S  urely, there must be a way out that will save their lives.


  • Dear Booze and Gambling,

Because I've sought out a higher power, greater than either of you or that of myself, I must tell you that we have split the sheets! No longer can I lie there sandwiched between such addicting illnesses. Read more>>>

To submit your own Real Voice story contact NCPG at 202-547-9204 or Names and identifying information will be kept anonymous, and some details may be edited to protect anonymity.