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

    Yes I have done 120 Days last month the G.M are a big help , I pray that someone stop gambling today, It was hard for me go to a meeting, because I was afraid and had fear, that’s normal you don’t know what to expect when you first walk in the room but once you sat down you realize that they are a compulsive gambler, too and they understand , how…[Read more]

  • thomas26 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 7 hours ago

    stock market

    • I did penny stocks and call options. The stock market can’t be predicted so it definitely is a form of gambling. I am in recovery for casino and online poker and I got the same rush from watching the price go up on an options call or stock.

  • jeffrecovery posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 15 hours ago

    This isn’t going to be easy. Please don’t underestimate the power of a drug called gambling. It is an addicting drug that we can quit. I quit gambling on Dec 3rd, 2018. I had quit for 2 months prior to that but that $50 hiccup sets my new date. I’m 4 days sober. Gambling effects us on a subconscious level and we can’t end that by thinking our way…[Read more]

    • I have never done this before. Im scared.i feel like a failer stupid im worthless.im a gambler addict. I win. Then i dont know where to stop until i lose it all again. I have lost alot of money i pawn my and my famlies things to get that last lotto ticket.im scared what people will say about me shes stupid.i have some neg in my life. But also…[Read more]

  • mozzie55 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 19 hours ago

    Just want to say hi, my last bet was 28/07/2018 my poison was fobt’s online and since I registered with gamstop I have not been able to access any gambling sites online. I cannot gamble for 5 years now and am using that time to try and discover why I wanted to gamble in the first place.

    • Good job! You are doing good! The self-exclusion is the best way for us. The reasons why we compulsively gamble are numerous! I see it no different than a cocaine addiction because it makes dopamine flow. The most important thing rather than WHY.. is NOT doing it!:) and you’re not! Its a chemical thing in the brain that makes us feel good and…[Read more]

      • Thanks for taking the time out to reply, I agree that the why is not as important as the not doing it but I am very logical in every aspect of my life, except when it comes to gambling, so the why is quite important for me to stay stopped.

        • One thing that I did discover in my research is that when you get your first ‘big’ win the adrenaline rush is so intense that your brain puts up a barrier to stop your brain ‘blowing a fuse’ that barrier never comes down, but by then the gambler is hooked in trying to get that same ‘rush’, like you say, very much like a drug addiction. I found…[Read more]

  • yolip posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    I’ve suffered enough ! 15 years I’ve let this gambling addiction take control of me and my life and it’s time to take the control back ! No time and energy will be wasted on looking back but on moving forward. I’d rather drive to therapy and GA than to gambling establishments…..

    • I’m all for that.

    • Such a great way to take charge! I love that you see the value in driving to GA and therapy vs. the casino’s. Continue to move forward with a positive attitude and don’t look back. We are here for you if you need to talk or even if you just want to vent. No judgement here just love and support.

      • Thank you for the encouragement Barbarat 😊 It’s going to be a long journey but looking at it as a challenge. I learned from this group that it’s not only about stopping gambling but making positive changes in my life… one step at a time. I love the warmth in this group ♥️

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    Good Morning Folks 🙂 I have run out of data on my work computer so won’t be back on line there until Dec 9th. Will still be hosting an online meeting on Friday at 9 pm est and again on Sunday at 9 pm est. Hope to see you there.

  • Dr Richard Wood posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    Some advice on dealing with gambling debts

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    • That site is supported by credit cards.HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
      Doesnt really belong here,imo

    • The podcast is free. Free help, free advice. I will listen to ads, no problem. Credit cards can be predatory but our problem is gambling and most of us have insane credit card debt. The credit card companies stand to gain from a compulsive gambler who gets help and repays their debts. Imo

    • Credit cards don’t gamble. Compulsive gamblers gamble! Think of it this way credit cards like gambling are here to stay. The choice whether to have a credit card is like the choice to go gamble. Make the wrong choice and life can get very difficult. Make the right choice and life is liveable on life’s terms.

  • achannah posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 5 days ago

    I joined a week ago but wasn’t ready to share. Went back to casino instead. Just like many of you, I am not sure how I got here. Well, I guess I do know how – just can’t accept it. I was never a gambler. I was a saver. I never had the desire to gamble. I wasn’t around it alot but when I was, I would sit back and think “wow, why are they…[Read more]

    • Thank you for sharing. I find myself in the same boat. My last time was 3 weeks ago. I gambled out house payment away. Chasing. I’m exhausted. I fight the desire to go daily. It’s depressing, stressful, and sad.

    • I hear you! I’m in Oklahoma too. Did you know that Oklahoma casinos are completely unregulated? They can get away with literally anything. The freeplay offers are to keep us addicted. They know they can pay out some to compulsive gamblers and we will give it back and more. There’s no way to win at any casino but Oklahoma casinos are particularly…[Read more]

    • Please know that there is hope and there is help out there. I am early in my recovery from compulsive gambling, 107 days to be exact. I read your story and wow I felt like I was reading mine. After 6+ years of gambling I admitted myself into an inpatient facility in Arizona as I just could not stop going to the Casino’s here in Southern…[Read more]

      • To everyone on there, that is exactly true. One year ago, I was lying on my back having run out every credit card, even a storefront lender, behind on mortgage and more, way overextended on my home while my wife and I are getting old. I was and am working 12 hours from home and was gambling week after week, month after month, had declared…[Read more]

  • picklepops posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks ago

    Problem gambling

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hi Karen. Welcome. I’ve been there many times in the past. Please look at the treatment and support section on the website. Also, check to see if there is gamblers anonymous in your location. The chat room here is available but you have to check back. There’s are often recovering gamblers there chatting. There is a chat on Monday evenings and…[Read more]

  • karen45 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hi Everyone. I’ve just joined. I went to the pokies last night and lost $1000 – I went a few weeks ago and lost much more than that. I’ve got to quit this habit. I can’t afford it. My credit cards are jacked up so high I can barely make the minimum payment each month. The minimum payment barely covers the interest. It is going to take…[Read more]

    • I am in the same situation. My bills are pretty high right now. I actually got approved for another credit card and I messed up and gambled with that one. I did manage to do a balance transfer from another card that I have a $2800 balance on. I transferred $2100 and now owe $700 on one card, and $3500 on the other one. Now I am not sure how…[Read more]

      • forgot to mention the balance transfer rate was very reasonable. I managed to get 14 months without interest. So I do have some time. I hope at most I only have to work another job for two months or so. I hope to get an under the table job. I usually don’t do that but I do have one job that pays me under the table.

        • Thanks Tomv for the reply – yes I’ve been doing the balance transfer thing for a while now – it’s been the only thing that has saved my financial situation. I can’t believe it that I actually contemplated going back today to try and win some of my money back. Fortunately, I’d already read a few posts from this site and realised that it was a…[Read more]

          • tomv replied 2 weeks ago

            I got a credit card offer today, for another balance transfer. I had to stop myself from applying. It may come to that in the coming months. I want to pay as much as possible. I have two cards that I have to pay off. The thing that bothers me is I took a loan and now I am stuck with it. I contacted the loan company and told them I was…[Read more]

          • tomv replied 2 weeks ago

            I got a credit card offer today, for another balance transfer. I had to stop myself from applying. It may come to that in the coming months. I want to pay as much as possible. I have two cards that I have to pay off. The thing that bothers me is I took a loan and now I am stuck with it. I contacted the loan company and told them I was…[Read more]

          • tomv replied 2 weeks ago

            I got a credit card offer today, for another balance transfer. I had to stop myself from applying. It may come to that in the coming months. I want to pay as much as possible. I have two cards that I have to pay off. The thing that bothers me is I took a loan and now I am stuck with it. I contacted the loan company and told them I was…[Read more]

            • I have no more cards to balance transfers to and from. No more offers. Been just approved for a huge interest car title loan. I need it to pay a co worker for a loan and overdrafts and December expenses etc. I’m doomed. Been in this situation before, Wondering why I did not learn my lesson.

    • Our stories are all so similar. We are addicted to the dopamine rush of gambling. After several days without gambling you will go through something.. after several weeks you will go through another wave of urges. We need to remember to stay vigilant and notice how life gets better every day we dont gamble. The urges pass. Wait 15 minutes, put your…[Read more]

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    I was doing some shredding and found documents that reminded me that I\’ve been on Gamtalk for over 5 years. Quelle fait accompli!

    • Time flies when you are having fun🤓

      • Indeed. Always fun and interesting to hear how gambling affected my life and to read about numerous healthy ways to get help and get better. I’m so glad that I had that ‘teachable moment’ many years ago.

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

    Hi. My problem is buying scratch off tickets. I used to buy 2.00 ones now 20 or 30 dollar ones I got paid monthly taking care of my mom. So when I got stressed or boarded I would go buy..I paid my bills and got enough diapers but was broke by the middle of the month My husband keep his money desperate from me and we just split the bills. He hates…[Read more]

    • Debra I hear you. You have had experiences that have changed your cognition. I know you can start that job, and I know you can never buy another scratch off ticket. You have to be vigilant about not gambling and change your negative thoughts. People here recommend GA. They aren’t wrong! It makes you accountable to others to attend GA meetings. I…[Read more]

  • bettyboop8889 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Gambling addiction, Need advice!!!

    I am a 37 single, female that loves to gamble. It is effecting me and they say just get a hobby but it is not that simple. Ideas or suggestions please?!?

  • tksarge posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    I have tried quitting on my own. Half hearted efforts that last for a month or so. Then I start small again. Slots. Stupid mesmerizing slot machines. I live within 30 minutes of 4 Indian casinos in my area.
    I have gotten cash advances, ran my checking account low, depleted my savings, tapped into my retirement savings.
    I want it to stop. I…[Read more]

    • It is rough. I am only on day 1 if not gambling. I went to the G.A. site and lifted a meeting near me and will be attending tomorrow. It’s a scary feeling to go out into the world and expose my addiction with gambling but I have come to the point where I know for a fact that it’s impossible to stop on my own because gambling remains “my secre…[Read more]

  • Dr Richard Wood posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Glad to hear folks are joining in with chat 🙂

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    Good Afternoon
    We had 5 people at the 9pm online meeting here last night so will try to hold another one this Friday at 9pm est. Topic will be \” Whatever is on your mind or in your heart. Hope to see you there.
    Mm

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Thanks for the update Ken. All is well in central Canada apart from the -20 temperatures.

  • dyl508 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    I\’ve been gambling on sports off and on for about 8 years I started up again and I\’m losing a lot I go to work and feel like I\’m working for free it is takIng a toll on me.

    • I am in the same situation. But I am hopeful because today I drove by two stores that have slot machines and I kept on driving. I may need to go into credit counseling but it is not set in stone yet. I can still make my bills it may take 4 months of living very frugal and not paying cable bill on time. Might just make small payments on that…[Read more]

      • Good job tomv small steps. It’s hard in the beginning. I’m still in the beginning. I really feel like coming here helps so much. I’m really not comfortable going to GA meetings. And we literally have 3 in during the week in our area in 2 are way out of my way. And the 3rd is extremely inconvenient. So this is so helpful. I can pop on here whene…[Read more]

        • Ya I just get the urge sometimes and think I can win my money back and I think of all the money I have lost it just makes me more depressed

    • Hey, I’ve been a recovered gambler(hude slots addict) for few months now… I know how you feel, working for free, going to work without any will, having financial problems and know that those bucks from work wont cover them…But i did every step at the time….I opened savings account where i can deposit everytime i like, and whenever i get a…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Good afternoon
    I am going to change the 5pm Monday meeting to 9\’pm est Tuesday.
    Hope this time works better.
    Thanks
    Ken L YBIR

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