11 Apr 17
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Finding creative activities that you enjoy can be an excellent way of keeping on track when you are making a change to your gambling. This is Audrey’s* story, whose renewed love of making things has helped get her back on track.

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Some of the creative pieces Audrey has made: Source - Supplied

Background

Audrey had been gambling for just over 15 years on the pokies, and came to see that it was impacting on not only her finances, but her relationship with her family, and also caused her anxiety.

The financial impact of her gambling started to become apparent, a lot of her and her husbands savings had been spent on the on pokies after work.

“Over a period of time it had become a routine to go and gamble after work, on top of the financial impact it had also pulled me away from spending quality time with my son, and hobbies that I used to love.”  says Audrey

Making a change

Once Audrey realised the impact gambling was having on her she sought help. Slowly but surely, Audrey and her counsellor worked at identifying what triggered to gamble, her motivations and how to break the cycle.

One thing that really helped Audrey is her willingness to try and incorporate new activities, and restart old ones that provided a sense of fulfilment that gambling wasn’t giving her.

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Furniture that Audrey reupholstered to brighten up the garden: Source - Supplied

Audrey rediscovered her passion in making things, and joined a glass making group and refurbishing furniture.

Within two months of working with a counsellor Audrey has ceased gambling, and has remained abstinent. She says “I feel more in control, and am spending more time with family and friends.”

Interested in finding an creative alternative to gambling? Speak to one of our counselors today.

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