Lynda’s Story


For Lynda, the enticement of gambling began with the introduction of pokies in Melbourne in 1992. What started as a casual pastime quickly spiraled into an addiction, consuming her nights and straining her relationships. The financial toll became evident as she resorted to misappropriating funds from her workplace to fuel her habit.

Despite facing legal consequences and personal turmoil, Lynda found it challenging to fully give up gambling. It provided her temporary comfort by masking the pain and stress she was experiencing.

However, when faced with the prospect of playing a meaningful role in her grandson’s life, Lynda was set on turning her life around. With unwavering determination, she made the bold decision to quit gambling cold turkey. It was a pivotal moment that marked the beginning of her recovery journey.

Today, Lynda serves as a beacon of hope, proving that life after gambling is not only possible but also fulfilling. Through her story, Lynda reminds us that recovery is a journey marked by courage, perseverance, and the unwavering belief in the possibility of a better future.

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.