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The first time I gambled we went and had a great night at the trotting club. I got a double CE Stephen stop, 50 cent double which paid just over seventy dollars. I thought I was rich. And in the 1970s, seventy dollars was a lot of money then. It was almost double a week's wages. 

Gambling became an ever-increasing thing for me...the horses, the pokies and the cards. The one thing about gambling, is we always tell people about our big wins but you never tell them about your huge consistent losses.

We have to have the ability to choose to change. I would make conscious choices not to do certain things. Like when I finished at work on Wednesday night I started to put a safe boundary. I went a different way home.

I went and changed the system so that when my wages went in, the first thing that came out was money for rent and money for power. So that some automatic payments were put in place so that I could pay the bills.

And then it was a case of talking to debt agencies and people. And try and put a payment plan in place to help pay some of the debts and I just had to work my way through it.

It was a process and it took time. I think the hardest thing is asking for help. I think most people, they come to that point where they know that they've got a problem. But they don't know who to trust and they don't know where to go for help.

My advice would be that there are a number of organisations that are geared to help. There's the Salvation Army Oasis program. There's the Problem Gambling Helpline. There's a number of church groups or other groups or social welfare organisations that have people that are skilled and trained. And you need to seek one of those out and find somebody that will walk the walk with you.

And I think it's really important that you confide in a friend; somebody that you know, that's got your best interests at heart. And to those that think that they don't have a friend, then I'm saying, you know, there's an open invitation to approach somebody like myself. And get to know them. It takes courage to say, "Hey I've got a problem and I need to work it through."

Colin's story

Colin talks about his own gambling, the changes he made, and offers support to others.