Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Gambling an Emotional Roller-Coaster Which Is Tough to Stop

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Gambling an Emotional Roller-Coaster Which Is Tough to Stop

Article excerpt

SITTING alone in a jail cell for six months gave Tracey Holzheimer the chance to turn her life around.

Gambling cost Mrs Holzheimer her freedom, her career, countless friendships and the trust of her family.

The money was not even a consideration.

"Gambling is not about the money, it never is," she said.

"It's about emotions. Either the emotions gambling gives you or the suppressed emotions that lead you into gambling."

She names Gladstone as a town hitting a gambling crisis yet despite this, the local Gamblers Anonymous group she frequents remains small in numbers.

"In Gladstone, the wages are so high it means gamblers recover quickly from their losses," she said.

"Essentially, they can escape the issue, but the issue doesn't escape them."

Deciding to confront her problem gambling meant Mrs Holzheimer was forced to change the routes she walked, the people she surrounded herself with and even the days she bought the newspaper.

Spring racing carnival is a dreaded time of year for not only herself, but many of the former gamblers she knows. …

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