Bayu’s Story


It all started innocently at the age of seventeen when Bayu accompanied a friend to a bar, only to discover a TAB inside. What began as a casual outing soon spiraled into a consuming habit. Bayu found himself gambling more than he could afford, oblivious to the mounting financial strain until he couldn't even afford food.

The realization hit hard when his friend confronted him about his excessive gambling. Bayu was caught in a cycle of sadness, exclusion, and shame, feeling trapped with no way out. The stigma surrounding gambling addiction only intensified his feelings of hopelessness.

However, Bayu's journey took a turn when he found the courage to confide in a friend. The compassion and support he received ignited a spark of change within him. Opening up not only relieved his burden but also paved the way for a path to recovery.

Bayu emphasizes the importance of reaching out and speaking up about gambling addiction. While it may be daunting, he highlights the transformative power of finding the right person to confide in. Through trust and openness, Bayu discovered that there is hope and support available for those struggling with addiction.

If you would like help with problem gambling, please call Chestnut Health Systems at 618.877.4420, or visit You will have an assessment appointment scheduled. During your in-person or telehealth assessment, the counselor will walk you through the process and gather information about you, your life, and your gambling behaviors. The counselor will share their recommended treatment—individualized to your needs, and present you with an in-person or remote option, day or evening appointments, individual and family sessions, and psychiatric referral, if appropriate. Take a self-assessment here.

If you or someone you know think gambling may be a problem in their life, take a short screener here.

This is a real-life story of someone who opened up and talked about the harm they were experiencing and got the support they needed. Originally posted on and credited to Gambler's Help.

About the Author

Author Chestnut Health Systems

Chestnut offers a comprehensive scope of behavioral health and human services in Illinois and Missouri. Our professional and experienced staff is committed to providing high-quality care and services to the communities we serve. From drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities (residential and outpatient) to primary care medical homes, to a research institute, Chestnut continuously works to achieve its mission to make a difference and improve quality of life through excellence in service.

If you or someone you love needs help, we can help. It all starts with a phone call. In central Illinois call 888.924.3786 and in southern Illinois/Meto East area call 618.877.4420.