• Dawson S posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 minutes ago

    Hello Everyone. Its been a rough couple of weeks. Just lost my whole pay cheque to a casino. Only 400$ but Feeling pretty bad about it. After I did that I shut down all my accounts. It feels like I’ll never be able to shake this addiction. I want to get help but I never want to because I think I have gotten better. I wish I knew what to do. I am…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 7 hours, 59 minutes ago

    JANUARY 15 Reflection for the Day

    I must never forget who and what I am and where I come from. I have to remember the nature of my illness and what it was like before I came to Gamblers Anonymous. I’ll try to keep the memory green, yet not spend time dwelling morbidly on the past. I won’t be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful, and to believe tha…[Read more]

  • Cat Lyon posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 11 hours, 15 minutes ago

    Hello Community,
    I have been MIA as I’ve been busy getting my third book edited and ready for release this hopefully early spring. This one will have a wee bit of everything and more gambling recovery ramblings and the “lighter” side of recovery. This is just one beautiful blessing recovery has given me MANY… With a glossary of Resources.

    I…[Read more]

  • hmmmx3 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 13 hours, 6 minutes ago

    I love to gamble and until recently could walk out with more money than I went in with. However, recently, I don’t stop until every winning is gone. I somehow convince myself that I am going to win more.

  • Maggie posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 13 hours, 55 minutes ago

    Hi. I’m new here. Just locked myself out of my favorite online casino. I think a part of me knows I have a problem but the other thinks meh I can handle it. Truth is I’m bored to death. And Covid is making the boredom worse. Anyway thought I’d check this place out.

    • Being proactive and having the awareness to block yourself is a great start, Maggie! Welcome to the community. Looking forward to your sharing and I’m here if you need encouragement! Cat

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 16 hours, 30 minutes ago

    January 14 Reflection for the Day

    I admitted that I couldn’t win the gambling battle on my own. So I finally begun to accept the critically important fact that dependence on a Higher Power could help me achieve what had always seemed impossible. I stopped running. I stopped fighting. For the first time, I began accepting. And for the first t…[Read more]

  • Brakey95 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 12 hours ago

    Hi I’ve been a gambling for 7 years now, I came out about my addiction to my family a year ago, I’ve still been having slip ups pretty consistently and it gets me pretty depressed, to make matters worse it caused me a lot of financial stress over the years, Ive been missing bill payments creditors have constantly been calling me, all I am ask…[Read more]

    • Don’t wait till you the rock bottom and you will if you continue. I know we want to hear something else. But the truth is that is self destructive. But you are not alone. I am glad you are here.

    • I totally understand. I’ve been clean and sober but can’t stop gambling

      • b1055 … I have actually have heard that in many group meetings and GA meetings. Most say they were able to become sober and clean, but gambling was the hardest to beat. My own experiences were and “NOT EVER DOWNING GA.” Still, my addicted gambling was so bad, and I had two failed (thankfully) suicides from my addiction, and I was also…[Read more]

      • Thanks for your reply, I can understand that I’ve recently been admitted to the hospital by local police for a suicide attempt, also I used to get high on anything I could get my hand on just to make me feel better from the depression the gambling was causing even if it was momentarily I needed to feel good for just a little while, I’ve been cle…[Read more]

    • It would be best if you had a Gambling Prevention Plan. Your counselor can help you make one. Also, to help get a handle on the Financial side, which may be causing stress and push you out to continue. Look to Consumer Credit Counseling org as they can help with the debt, and you make one payment to them, and they do the bill paying. We have to…[Read more]

      • Thanks I appreciate you taking the time to respond I will definetly look into that, and yes I agree and am taking full accountability of the debts I’ve accrued over these years

  • Mitten08 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 6 hours ago

    I am so thankful to be here. God has taken my desire to gamble. Thank you Lord. For almost seven years I lived this myth of lies. I knew intellectually it was never a good place but my twisted mind of the dopamine high kept me going. I lost my house and savings. I am paying of my debts and proudly doing so. I feel blessed in spit of it.

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 8 hours ago

    January 13 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program and my friends in the Fellowship have provided me with a whole new set of tools for living. If I use all of these tools regularly and well, they’ll also help rid me of such negative feelings as guilt, anxiety, rebellion, and pride.

    When I’m feeling depressed, do I use the tools tha…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 18 hours ago

    JANUARY 12 Reflection for the Day

    When I sit quietly and compare my life today with the way it used to be, the difference is almost beyond belief. But things aren’t always rosy; some days are a lot better than others. I tend to accept the bad days more easily on an intellectual level than I do emotionally, or at gut-level. There are no pat a…[Read more]

  • ms23 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 6 hours ago

    Hello, I am a secret compulsive gambler. It has been about 6 years since I started gambling. My boyfriend and I used to go together all the time and that stopped about a year ago, and I have been going by myself without him knowing. After accumulating a mountain of credit card debt, I couldn’t keep it a secret from my boyfriend any longer and…[Read more]

    • Help, help and more help. Coming here was a good move. Join GA, get counselling, cancel your membership to online and physical casinos, cut off your line of access to gambling. Switch to a bank that does not accept transactions from gambling sources, they do exist, your own bank may already have that facility. Confide in your boyfriend once more,…[Read more]

      • Thank you so much for the advice. I am going to my first GA meeting on Thursday. I’m a bit nervous.

      • Thank you for your help. I am going to my first GA meeting on Thursday. Im a little nervous. Mostly because I know I will tell my story and I have a bit of stage fright lol.

        • Hello again, everyone is nervous at first, this is natural, if you want a ‘buddy’ to link up with I am happy to help and give you support, encouragement and share my own experiences with you. I am a ‘buddy’ to two others at the moment. I placed my last bet in July 2018. If you want to link up contact Ken L on this site he will arrange the exchange…[Read more]

    • I am not a fan of GA & the 12 step program. As a Pantheist/agnostic, I would prefer to think that the power is within me to stop. I did have to request that the local casino ban me & with covid-19 cases surging in CA, I am staying home & saving a lot of money. I did have to reach the end of my rope when I nearly burned through my retirement & I…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 8 hours ago

    JANUARY 10 Reflection for the Day
    Since I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I’ve become increasingly aware of the Serenity Prayer. I see it on literature covers, the walls of meeting rooms, and in the homes of newfound friends. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 15 hours ago

    JANUARY 9 Reflection for the Day

    In the past, and sometimes even now, I automatically have said, “Why me?” when I’m trying to learn that my first problem is to accept my present circumstances as they are, myself as I am, and the people around me as they are. Just as I finally accepted my powerlessness over gambling, so must I accept my power…[Read more]

  • Bernme posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 18 hours ago

    Good day Everyone! Today there is a piece missing inside me. I feel it and I am trying to recognize it for what it is. As I have no intention of gambling today, I feel I should try to fill that piece with something. Any ideas? Solitaire is not going to cut it today lol.

    • This morning I felt fed up and unmotivated so I watched funny videos on You Tube, funny outtakes of The Chase, that soon changed the duldrums and I got on with my work. Motivational videos work well also.

    • I play candy crush & yatzee on my phone. I tried a jigsaw puzzle, to pass the time, but that didn’t last too long.

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    January 8 Reflection for the Day

    Today is the day for which I asked and for which I have been given strength. That in itself is a miracle. The fact that I am alive is the great miracle from which all other miracles will flow, providing I continue to do the things that have brought me this far in my new life.

    Am I grateful that I have been given…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    JANUARY 7 Reflection for the Day
    I’m beginning to see just how unnatural my old life actually was, and that it became increasingly so as my illness progressed. The longer I’m in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, the more comfortable this new way of life seems. At first, it was impossible for me to extend my hand to a newcomer; such an act was who…[Read more]

  • SCD posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    I am a secret compulsive gambler who has finally admitted to my partner that I have a problem. I was backed into this corner by the company I work for as I stole money to bankroll my addiction and was found out. Luckily my boss was a very good friend of ours so he agreed that I could repay the money and not involve the police, however I have lost…[Read more]

    • Hello SCD (Suzy)

      Yes, I had a similar problem and why this is such a cunning and progressive addiction. All the lies, the habits, and poor behaviors we turn to as having money to feed this illness. I did also steal and the person I stole from didn’t want to press charges but the district attorney decided to take over her case and I was…[Read more]

    • There is always hope. I can only imagine your shame and hurt. I have been in a dark place. And it is a dark place. But I can promise you that life will get better. Stick with the recovery and pray. God is listening and now that you have been found out it is the perfect place to start. No more lies and the repayment will give you strength. I am…[Read more]

  • Bernme posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    Today I will focus on the glow inside me that is starting to grow and let it make me feel good about myself. I have been here before. I need to beware that little glow does not numb the pain completely. I have seen this draw me back to “ok, I’m alright, maybe just a little”. No, no, no. I will not let it draw me in.

    • SCD replied 1 week ago

      Don’t let the evil draw you in. You’ve got this!

  • Braziltwin posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 1 day ago

    Hello. I”m married to a gambler. About little more than two years ago he promised to stop gambling after he racked up a 5,000 credit card. His gambling has gotten better but he’s still gambling. And last year alone he spent about 3,500 that I know of. Might not seem much. But we have three kids and every $1 he spends he’s taking it away from our…[Read more]

    • Good morning. I can understand your fear. I think this website may assist you as a family member of a compulsive gambler. https://www.gam-anon.org/.

    • You cant do anything to make him stop. GET support
      I did this
      I did it to my husband
      I wish he gave me live and support to help me stop
      To understand I needed help
      I hope this helps a little
      It destroyed my marriage
      I very much can relate to your post

      • Thank you.

      • I’m hiding it, he will just kick me out. It’s not about the money though. I’ve not spent any of his and all my end of things is looking good as far as he’s concerned. I now have taken from my retirement savings and a loan, actually I almost had 1 paid off but I was able to get more and continue on the loan. I do not know anything about your…[Read more]

    • Bernme replied 1 week ago

      Hi, I am a compulsive gambler and I hurt my family financially. Your husband is not thinking with a clear mind. I can only assume his intension was to help the family not hurt them. I am not belittling what he did at all. I am just giving you a glance from this side of the addiction. As the money is critical, the addiction is destroying him…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 1 day ago

    JANUARY 6 Reflection for the Day

    Gamblers Anonymous, wrote Dr. Robert L. Custer in the foreword to the Gamblers Anonymous Blue Book, is a Program of the Twelve Steps “that provides a framework of hope, structure, and friendship” for those who have chosen the road to a “successful adaptation to a life without gambling.” He adds, “This road can…[Read more]

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