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

    Relapse Prevention: Planning for Success
    When you decided to quit drinking, using other drugs or gambling, you took the first step towards recovery. This step was the beginning of an important change in your life.
    You may have expected all your problems to go away when you quit, but somehow many problems are still with you. Recovery is building…[Read more]

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

    Good Morning Folks
    Just wanted to share this piece of literature that I was given in my early days in GA
    to help me get through early recovery day urges. And actually I have used them over the years as one never knows when an urge or a fleeting thought will come.

    Suggestions for Coping with Urges to gamble.

    Many compulsive gamblers,…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 13 hours ago

    Recovery is hard. We work hard at recovery because it is worth it. Choosing recovery is choosing life. That sounds like a generic line but it’s true. Gambling addiction ONLY ends badly. Let that sink in.. only badly 99.999% of the time. Choose life. Choose people over money. Choose what is valuable to you. Choose recovery because YOU want to. If…[Read more]

  • jupe posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 20 hours ago

    Hello everybody! Last autumn I had more money than I´ve used to. So I played with higher amounts. Everything was under a control… I thought. I was betting and winning couple hundreds here and there. But what I didn´t know was that back then I was quite lucky. Surprisingly many times I had been losing like 300-500 euros in one evening but w…[Read more]

    • I don’t see this as a confession. I see this as a person who sees a potential for a more serious problem and is seeking help. You’ve done a good thing. Now I hope you follow through and remain abstinent and seek long term remission and recovery. Look to GA, a counselor whatever it takes before gambling completely takes over your life.

      • Thanks Tony. 🙂 I woke up to this day relieved after my so called confession or admitting that I have a problem. Hope that you are doing well also.

  • ellizdods posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 9 hours ago

    Tomorrow I am celebrating 2 months gamble free 🤗

  • hiintj posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 9 hours ago

    It’s not even about the money…..winning is great….but I could play vlts for hours….and print hundreds of dollars of tickets….as I put it all back in and leave when they shut down….with nothing

    • tara replied 3 days ago

      I hear you. It’s a totally druglike addiction and needs to be handled as such. If I think too far ahead I scare myself. Hope you are well today. odaat tara

  • maike18 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 14 hours ago

    I have not gambled in 9 days. Friday nights are typical for on line gambling for me. Watching Netflix instead.

    • I’m glad you were find something else to do instead of gambling. That tells me that you are thinking about putting barriers between you and your gambling. That is an excellent idea.

    • Good choice. It’s all part of self protection by thinking of barriers to use so you won’t go gambling.

  • jniswonger posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 16 hours ago

    Today I decided to seek some help with my gambling problem before I lose everything.

  • ben93 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    Hi

    Heres my story.

    Gambling started at 18.
    In a relationship
    Mum and dad seperated
    A bit if tough luck and hard situations to deal with but thats life.

    Hard worker

    Gambling made me
    Lie
    Steal
    Starve & indulge
    Alcohol
    Cannabis
    Cry
    Insomnia
    The list goes on.

    My gambling was sports betting online. Gambli g was my therapy. My escape. Not my…[Read more]

  • kurt2424 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    Hi everyone , i just sign up cause i have a massive problem with gambling and i lost all of my money again , is anyone with a good advice or quit gambling ? If yes tell me how you did it or you try to

    • I just signed up I’m scared I’ve never had something take over my thinking something that I had no control over but gambling has done that. I just sold my car yesterday for $600 because I need to buy a Jeep and I went straight to a bar and I gambled all of it away I feel like the worst person in the world right now how could I do that

      • We should not to worry about the money we´ve lost. Instead of we should think how much everything valuable we can get with the money we don´t play anymore and be happy about that. 🙂 At least I am going to calculate my average gambling loss per day. And from now on invest that much more better. Cheer up fellows. Thanks for the peer support.

        • I’m glad you are seeking help. The way to really begin recovery is to share your thoughts and listen to other’s stories of recovery, and you are doing that! Come here often through the process. It is a whole process. Take care!

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

    My date for abstaining from slots in about 4 months not 5, as I just recalculated. Yep. Gambling creates a fog out/blurrrring of details. Now I remember. tara

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

    Hey Ken, I found it! By Melody Beattie : Sometimes, to get from where we are to where we are going, we have to be willing to be in-between.

    One of the hardest parts of recovery is the concept of letting go of what is old and familiar, and what we don’t want, and being willing to stand with our hands empty while we wait for God to fill t…[Read more]

    • Thanks Tara for sharing this. So true and I can definitely relate. I am learning to be comfortable with being in the between place myself and accept that my life had become unmanageable due to gambling. I have abstained from slots for 6 weeks now and I have to say being in the between place in my journey so far is actually way better than where I…[Read more]

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

    Hi I’m here to learn from former gamblers and hopefully stop gambling on roullette machines.

  • bruce19 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks ago

    I met my fiancé 5 1/2 years ago. It was pretty well apparent that she had an issue with playing slots. Phone always in her hand, sleeping with her phone in her hand…. on rare occasion, I would get her phone and see email confirmations of purchases from slotomania, trips to the casino with $1000 withdraws from the casino ATM. She still always…[Read more]

    • Hey Bruce. I have a brother who has NPD. Of course they will never admit to it, the nature of it means that they are never wrong, they are better than others etc. It is horrible because they can’t be reasoned with. I had to get away from it completely. I know you love her and you don’t want to take this option. In getting away from my brother (and…[Read more]

  • jh2os posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks ago

    Shocking story of my rise and fall. Live in the US and have a casino 30-min away (new). Went in one night 2 yrs ago after an argument with wife. Won $30,000 playing black jack (after $3,000 buy in). Used the $30K sporadically until it was gone. Played BJ on and off, here and there for 2 years — winning, losing. Never really any debt. Played one…[Read more]

    • kckc replied 2 weeks ago

      Commit to help! G.A., therapy and online groups; i.e. this one and/or another one. Do all three it works. Commit to it, don’t be half in and half out. You will never get ahead being a gambler even though you are winning huge amounts…as you already saw you gave it all back and then some as we all do. We gamble to try and change the way we…[Read more]

    • jh2os replied 2 weeks ago

      Thx KCKC … I am committed to help – just not sure I want to lose more than just money in the process. And thanks for your comments as I work through this. Was tough to even post this true story 🙁

    • kckc replied 2 weeks ago

      You’re welcome. I steered clear of giving my opinion on if you should tell your wife or when you should tell her because that is your decision. Me being a woman, I would definetly want to know what is going on with my husband, the good and the bad. But I would have an easier time digesting that information if the debt was paid off and he told…[Read more]

      • jh2os replied 2 weeks ago

        Absolutely understand – thank you for your thoughtful response. It’s not that I don’t want to tell her – but I am trying to reverse the situation and put myself in her place … hearing the news .. and reactions.

    • Commit to help whether it is GA, Therapy or even in patient help. When you do commit to help you will find that honesty is the best policy and you will have to divulge your secrets to your wife. There is a possibility that while you think you are softening the blow to your wife by cleaning up the mess, you might make it worse by not bringing her…[Read more]

      • Thanks Barbarat. I agree with you and want to divulge any secrets. Working up the courage. Not gambling while doing that. And have a therapy appointment in 3 days as well. Thanks again for the response and support.

    • This was a great thread to read. And made me feel extremely hopeful. Marriages can be saved people can stop gambling and recover. I also like it when someone says stay sober. I feel like compulsive gambling is a much looked over disease.

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

    Nothing is open except for gas stations. I wanted some dessert and was contemplating a choc. bar. First of all , I’m a bit embarrassed to go into those place where they expect me to buy scratchers because I went in so many times. Second of all, I don’t want to challenge myself today by going into a venue where scratchers are available… nope,…[Read more]

    • Thank you for showing how to walk yourself around an urge for chocolate and scratch tickets. Excellent lesson on how to help deal with those pesky urges. Happy New Year Tara.

  • mommyof2 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    My husband has a gambling addiction to daily fantasy sports… draft kings, fan duel…. he has cost our family so much money… is there anyone with experience in this type of gambling? It does not seem to be a common issue, which I find surprising. He is in denial that there is a problem and just lies and lies. We have two babies and I am…[Read more]

    • Hi Mommy of 2
      Not sure what part of the world you are from but here is a link to Gam Anon which is a support for the family and friends of gamblers.
      Check it out and hope you will continue to post here and join us in chat. Also if you have any questions or just need to share please feel free to email me at ken.lambon@rogers.com
      Will keep you and…[Read more]

    • Hi Mommyof2
      Check out this link. It made help you understand a Compulsive gambler better.
      And please coming back and sharing and asking questions.
      Ken L Recovering CG

      https://www.gam-anon.org/

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Hello. This is Tara with a brief check in. All is pretty well. In August I had 3 months then went to a casino aand stopped coming here to gamtalk. Lost enough money in that one trip , that’s for sure. Since then I’ve purchased scratchers consistantly and I spent alot on them 2 or 3 times which was scarey. So I’ve got about 4 months in casino…[Read more]

    • p.s. I do not have a handle on gambling in any form. I’m focusing on holding onto recovery.

      • No recovery journey is smooth, there are always a few bumps along the way, be proud of the steps you have already taken and the goals you have set for yourself. Slow and steady one foot in front of the other. You got this 🙂

    • Tara, every day that you don’t gamble is a major accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. Recovery is one of the most difficult things I have done in my life and it is also one of the most rewarding. I am not sure what state you are in, but you should check to see if your state offers assistance for compulsive gamblers. I live in C…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    Good Morning Folks
    Just wanted to share this piece of literature that I was given in my early days in GA on how to deal with urges.
    Hope you find it helpful.
    God Bless
    Ken L YBIR

    Suggestions for Coping with Urges to gamble.

    Many compulsive gamblers, especially those in early stages of recovery, experience urges to gamble. Repetition of the…[Read more]

    • Great Post, Ken. Thank you.

    • Thank you very much, my mother goes to the casino once every 4 months, but she just went with my cousin and she had to tell me all about what she won all the free games and I tried to tell her I’m not interested but she went on and on with the conversation thank you

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