Testimony 4

I had my gambling under control, or so I thought. It started off as entertainment, for months it was fun until I slowly started sinking in debt’s. It was no longer fun, it became an obsession. I would go to the casino with borrowed money, hoping that it would be my lucky day. Things became worse, then one morning I hit a R20 000 jackpot. I became an aggressive gambler, didn’t even care when I would lose my salary. Three months in a row I lost my salary, lived on money from loan sharks. I ended with a lot of enemies because I couldn’t pay them back. One morning I sat at a machine with the hope of winning but instead lost R5 000 in 2 hours. That’s when I decided enough is enough. I had no one to turn to, my family had found out about my gambling and they didn’t want anything to do with me. I had to decide to turn my life around to get back the trust and dignity from all those I’ve hurt. I got the numbers for the SA gambling programme at the exit of the casino. I called them, and the person I spoke to was such a good listener. He spoke to me in a way that I just saw hope again. I was booked for sessions with a very professional social worker. It wasn’t easy but I am grateful that I took that decision. I have not set my foot in any casino in 25months.  I’m very grateful to Dr Heidi and the gambling programme team.