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Gambling addict who lost everything rebuilds his life. Former Army major Justyn Larcombe told BBC News in July 2013 he had gambled £750,000 and his life was in ruins.

Gambling addict who lost everything rebuilds his life

Now he says he has turned his life around and is campaigning to help others with gambling addictions. When I first met Mr Larcombe in a park in Tunbridge Wells, he revealed to me how his wife had left him with their two sons, he had lost his six-figure salary City job, he was £70,000 debt and he had been forced to return to his mother in Kent, carrying just a bin bag of clothes. His spiral downwards had begun with a small bet placed online in 2009 during a rugby match, but soon the addiction was so strong it took over his life.

He started placing bets on all types of sites, sometimes as high as £5,000 on football games and even once losing £17,000 on a single tennis match. Real Life Gambling Story Number Three - Chris. Chris’s story is all too-common – childhood holidays in seaside resorts with seemingly innocent family trips to amusement arcades.

Real Life Gambling Story Number Three - Chris

The lure of the flashing lights and the possibility of winning some money can be irresistible to children, and may also be the start of a life-long gambling habit. This was indeed the case for Chris. Chris went on to lose £350,000 in the grip of a gambling addiction that lasted over twenty years. This is his story, as told to Sarah Marten at Gambling Watch UK. “As a child the flashing lights in the seaside arcades intrigued me. On the way home from school Chris used to pass the bookmaker’s, and it wasn’t long before he was removing his school tie and dropping in to place a bet on the horses.

“I was probably only about 15 at the time, and I think the staff turned a blind eye about my age to be honest. Compulsive gambling is an illness to which I lost nearly everything. Nearly. - The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS) Editor’s Note: We are grateful to Ms.

Compulsive gambling is an illness to which I lost nearly everything. Nearly. - The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (BASIS)

Jodie Nealley for sharing her story with readers of The BASIS. 7 Truths About My Addict That Took 5 Years To Learn. I feel deep empathy toward parents just beginning the terrible journey of their child’s drug addiction — and those facing the turmoil of a next step: rehab, incarceration, dislodging the addict from the family home.

7 Truths About My Addict That Took 5 Years To Learn

These are still open and fresh wounds for my wife and me. Following are seven hard lessons we’ve learned in our journey, all of which we denied in the beginning. We fought with ourselves and with each other about these things. It didn’t matter who was telling us the truth, we knew better, after all he was our son. We have come to accept these truths and now it is much easier to deal with the heartache and we’ve become more effective helpers for our son/addict. Drugalcoholrehab.htm. Are you looking for help to recover from an addiction?

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Call Carole on the number above, or email her directly if you need to request a call back. To discuss the cost of rehabilitation, please call or email Carole as there are various options depending on your circumstances and local funding availability. We Asked Drug Addicts How Much Their Habit Costs Them. (Photo by Valerie Everett via) In her teens and 20s, Jennifer was making up to $3,700 (£2,600) a week stripping in Ottawa, Canada.

We Asked Drug Addicts How Much Their Habit Costs Them

Almost all of it went to cocaine. "The effort I put into spending money on drugs, it's not even calculable," Jennifer, now 47, told VICE. "It's an extraordinary amount. I would be a millionaire. " These days, she's living on social assistance. "I don't have two cents to rub together. " According to a 2002 study by the Canadian Center for Substance Abuse, the "societal cost" of substance abuse, in terms of health care and the criminal justice system, is about $30 billion (£21 billion). For an individual, the price of maintaining an addiction can be devastating, with some relying on crime and prostitution to pay for their drugs of choice, and losing their health, homes, freedom, and families along the way. VICE reached out to several current and former addicts to ask what their addictions have cost them. Cocaine Cost: £40/gram£300–£850/day.

How to start over when you're neck deep in debt? Submitted by jlanuz on Wed, 12/10/2014 - 07:42 Hi, my name is jay, 39y/o.

how to start over when you're neck deep in debt?

I used to have a good life. i was on my way up 8 years ago. i started a small advertising business and turned it to a pioneering giant in the industry. til 4 years ago the compulsive gambler in me kicked in. i started with casino slot machines and switched to online gambling. money was no problem them since business was good. but like any other gambler, i was addicted. i was treated a vip in the casinos. i played every night using the company's money. & was a high roller. 4 yrs after, I've lost everything. lost the business, loss credibility and lost friends and nobody knows why except my wife & some friends. i just told everybody that business was not good. Yeldall Manor. I started smoking cannabis with friends at the age of 12 and by 14 I was using heroin.

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BBC Radio 4 - In Therapy, Series 1 - Available now. Self-Destruction - Personality & Spirituality. Self-destructive behaviours | Self-defeating behaviours | Self-handicapping | Self-sabotage | Self-harm SELF-DESTRUCTION is one of seven basic character flaws or “dark” personality traits.

Self-Destruction - Personality & Spirituality

We all have the potential for self-destructive tendencies, but in people with a strong fear of losing self-control, Self-Destruction can become a dominant pattern. What Is Self-Destruction? Self destruction is usually defined as “The voluntary destruction of something by itself.” In human personality terms, we are really talking about counter-productive and self-defeating habits which deny oneself happiness but can instead cause pain, either deliberately or inadvertently.

Despicable Me As with the opposite trait of greed, self-destruction represents a dysfunction in a person’s fundamental relationship with life. For example, there may be part of oneself that once suffered unbearable abuse or damage, perhaps way back in childhood.