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

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

  1. Don't wait to hit "rock bottom". No one knows what that is. It could be a loanshark breaking your arm. That probably won't even be enough for some. Watch the Gambler with James Caan. Or maybe not if any casino action triggers you into wanting to go. But he shows the mentality perfectly. He isn't very happy when he wins, or it is very fleeting and he quickly punts it all away. I like what the top mafia boss says to him when confronts him "Where do you get off making bets like this? Got any cars? Jewelry? Bank Accounts. No. You don't have anything you mfer."

  2. I was a teen gambler. Penny slot machines. 2p 5p 10p 20p a go. One day when I was 14 or 15 I lost £12 in 10 minutes… the time it was lot of money for me. All of my money for the day. Since that day I have never gambled. That's my story.

  3. Strangely enough, a HUGE part of the addiction is becoming addicted to LOSING – its easy to think its all about that rush you get in that moment while its all on the line, but its more about LOSING…you dont realize it at 1st, or while its happening, or maybe right after the dust settles, but eventually you realize that you had been addicted to that massive rush of losing – losing $ you needed for bills, $ you needed to pay someone back, all of it, and once you realize THAT part of the addiction, and the lies/sneaking around/etc you have to go through to maintain it have dominated your life, you can at least START to put it behind you…

  4. It's soul destroying once you're in it's grip, leaves you reeking of regret and misery, this fades surprisingly quickly and you find yourself back in the thick of it craving that dopamine release once more like the hopeless, pathetic shell of a person you've become.

  5. man each time i lose € 600 in the online casino and end up here…

    Should learn a lesson from him

  6. "The safest way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket."-Kin Hubbard

  7. I lost 540 today in bookies today! Crazy thing Is I started with just small bets on horses and dogs and then putting 5 pound on 4 numbers on the roulette machine chasing my losses! I just want to die now

  8. If people can laugh at this guys addiction, then lets laugh at Chester Bennington and Robin Williams for killing themselves.

  9. No pity from me or any of the thousands of responsible gamblers who don't ruin our lives with what is a basic form of entertainment. It's because of people like this that gamblers are immediately tarred with the addiction brush, don't believe the hype.

  10. been there done that. add alcohol and drug addiction to it too, that makes for an even better story.

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