Randy’s Story

Randy’s Story

I had been actively gambling nearly all of my adult life, a period spanning more than 30 years. It started with some bets at the racetrack in my teen years, then progressed to active sports betting in my mid-20s. I can still remember the rush of excitement that went...
Derek’s Story

Derek’s Story

After 12 years of being a compulsive gambler and many attempts to quit, I made a call to Lutheran Social Services Gamblers Choice. At the age of 28, I was running two successful businesses and was a subcontractor for a large fast food franchise. When my personal life...
Andi’s Story

Andi’s Story

Nearly three years ago, I realized I had a problem. My gambling was out of control and I was spending money I didn’t have. For a long time, I didn’t see my gambling as a problem; everyone else gambled – why shouldn’t I? The gambling that used to occur once in a while...
Mike’s Story

Mike’s Story

When I initially started in GA, I had no idea where I was, wanted, felt or why I became the compulsive gambler. Many things in my life became unmanageable: relationships, finances, emotions. All I knew was that gambling allowed me to forgo all these responsibilities...
Susan’s Story

Susan’s Story

What my life was like: I spent as much time as I could at the casino, I did not care really about anything else.  I took short cuts to try and get out of participating at all in family things, Christmas, birthdays. Come on open those presents so I can go. Any emotion...
Kirby’s Story

Kirby’s Story

Where were you before? Although it’s painful to remember where I was before I came back to GC/GA after my relapse, it’s important to use the memories as a reminder of what I don’t want…. I don’t want to ever wake up feeling panic and hopeless after losing the money I...