cyenne.com is a blog devoted to gambling reform and problem gambling awareness.
There is no denying the impact that gambling has on society. As a gambling survivor, I have a vested interest in this topic; I’ve been through the wringer and come out the other side, and I’d like to share my thoughts and observations with anyone else who may still be in the grip of the addiction.
Since I started this blog, I’ve quickly realised how bad the situation has become over the past decade. Forget what the clubs and authorities might try and tell you about how the problem is slowing down, or getting better… there are more and more problem gamblers each year, and the amount of money we spend on gambling, on pokies in particular, each year is staggering. Absolutely, obscenely staggering.
I want to use this forum for two broad reasons. I intend to explore my own gambling experiences and observations, and try and make some sense of what I thought, what I felt and what I did… and I intend to make it public, so that anyone out there who’s looking for answers might find something in what I have to say.
But mostly, I intend to write about gambling in this nation. How much we’re spending, who we’re hurting, where the real problems lie. Who the big winners and the even bigger losers are. What’s been done to help, and what’s being quietly ignored in the hope it will go away. I want to be a voice, not an anti-gambling or anti-pokies voice, but an advocate of problem gambling awareness. An advocate of gambling reform. I’ve been sleeping for the past ten years and now I’ve woken up, and it’s time I made my voice heard.
If you’re looking for a quick fix, or a guaranteed solution, you won’t find it here. The truth of the matter is you won’t find it anywhere. When it comes to problem gambling there are no quick fixes, and certainly no guarantees. You need to understand the problem, your problem, and address it in your own way.
What I can offer is information and support. I want to brush aside the myths and the lies that are spread about gamblers and the industry; I want to expose the sneaky bastards for what they are.
I’d like to help, if I can.