Gambling addiction is of course a major problem for many people; however it can often help others if those who have been seriously affected by gambling addition in any shape or form open up about it, especially if those people are well known.
Well Jamie Tomelty a 34 year old from Ireland, has chosen to tell the world and open up about his personal gambling action, which he says cost him his career in the Irish League, stopped him having much of a social life and also cost him around £100,000 in losses too.
He says he original started gambling by placing football bets, and as is often the case with people who have any type of gambling action problems, he remembers the big wins he had much more readily than the times he lost big.
From betting on football he says his next biggest problem was playing the fixed odds betting terminals that are found in most if not all betting shops and betting offices, and he says he would often gamble for some huge amounts and couldn’t resist playing them.
The moral of his story and one he tells is that gambling addition can and does affect anyone, but by getting your life back on track and stopping gambling all together you can improve your life and put your gambling demons behind you too.
One thing that Jamie Tomelty has done is to self exclude himself from a number of betting shops, and this he did the other day whilst posting pictures of himself self excluding too.
It may seem like some form of mad self publicity for him to have photographed himself self excluding from betting shops, but by doing so he may just have helped some other gamblers take that route by showing them what it involves.
Getting Professional Help
Whilst it is possible for some gamblers to give up their addition on their own accord and without the help or anyone else, it is often the case that for most addictive gamblers they do need the help and support of a professional body.
If you do feel that you gambling activates have got out of hand, you will be best advised to make contact with GamCare or Gamblers Anonymous, they offer free around the clock telephone support, they can offer you face to face support and even group meetings and they both have very informative websites which is always a good place to start.