The fall and rise of a gambling addict | Justyn Rees Larcombe | TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells

This is a shocking story of how a free £5 bet led to a full blown addiction to online gambling. How someone who had it all could loose everything, including his job, his family and his home and then find hope and restoration.

Justyn Rees Larcombe had everything. Highly successful fast-track career. Beautiful wife and three sons. Having lost it all through a relentless addiction to online gambling, he is now campaigning for education and a change in laws, and shares his wisdom for those who may be struggling with secret habits, compulsions and additions of all types.

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48 thoughts on “The fall and rise of a gambling addict | Justyn Rees Larcombe | TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells”

  1. I’m leaving the casino, just lost my last 5k. I am sick to my stomach. Thank you. I am turning over a new leaf. I can’t believe how fast this addiction took over my life.

  2. Thank you. I was scared to even look into peoples stories because it is so real I can relate to people. I was selfish I hate myself sometimes but I did take away trust from my husband and family

  3. I'm broken deep down my soul. I am morally crushed and destroyed. Yes you got it right, I am a gambler, who destroyed his fortune. Robbed his own house.

  4. I lost 13k the other day, and am devastated about it. i still have around 50k in my savings left. I have job with stable income it is not too late to save myself right?

  5. If you to Double your Money fold it over and put it in your pocket !! Been there lost it all and few relapses but definitely in a better place!

  6. Great video… for anyone who wants to stop, take it from my experience..u need to reach out and get tharapy 1 way or another because keeping it to urself and trying to stop by urself when your deep into the addiction…..will beat you everytime if your a pathalogical gambler, also if u do stop… never be complacent…remember this, 1 bet is too much and 1000 bets is never enough…god bless

  7. The biggest gut punching feel is when u bet on a heavy fav and they dont even try to win, ita like the game is fixed.

  8. I cried knowing this is me I sold some of my possessions to think I can make it back and I even stole from my partner I absolutely hate myself. I appreciate you for sharing this.

  9. Anyone in need of help or wanna talk with someone? Only USA Just write your name and state and age in comment

  10. The gambler dies every single time he/she puts on a bet…..Complete destruction.. asking for help to my family helps me to get rid of the illness

  11. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ not only saved our souls but if you ask Him, He will save you from yourself. Not only will He be your strength but He will eliminate the urge. How merciful and forgiving He is. Just go the Father and receive your blessings! In Jesus’ name 🙏🏼🙌🏼 Amen!

  12. No, it's the consistent losing without winning and the increasing depth of the hole you have dug yourself into that destroys the gambler. If you ever hear anyone say they are a " professional gambler" I'll show you a woman or man who is a liar and broke …both as in financially and as a productive , happy and healthy human being.

  13. I just watched this for school. And I hope this guy is doing very well and his family too. But I did not believe him that he had any remorse, and did not feel any actual sincerity from him.

  14. I've been a social gambler for six years, and it was nothing crazy until now. The last two months are a nightmare. I'm currently in debt to my brother and my mother. Yesterday I've gambled my salary away which I was working really hard for, working overtime for it. Last weeks my thoughts were only focused on cutting my losses by placing a correct bet on the correct soccer game. The only way to cut losses though is to stop betting and focus on your job. God bless everybody!

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