• Sec2022 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 hours, 58 minutes ago

    Day 57…. Got to do something fun last night. I went to the OSU vs Wisconsin game. Had a great night. Just 5 hour work day. I’ll go by both my casinos today and Sunday’s was the day I’d always go after work. So the last 8 weeks I’ve driven right past them both. No amount of free play will was to little for me to pass up before, just so I could kee…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 7 hours, 33 minutes ago

    SEPTEMBER 25 Reflection for the Day

    At the suggestion of a long-timer in Gamblers Anonymous, I began taking “recovery inventories” periodically. The results showed me – clearly and unmistakably – that the promises of the GA Program have been true for me. I am not the sick person I was in years past; I am no longer bankrupt in all areas; I have a…[Read more]

  • AmyH75 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 8 hours, 31 minutes ago

    I am lost today. It seems like everything I thought was innocent but in reality it is my enemy. For example: food addiction – I’m a diabetic now. Playful betting- losing more money than I can count, being in denial and killing me slowly.

    • Hi Amy
      You are not alone in your struggles with gambling.
      Someone here had an interesting comment a day or so ago. Stated they don’t miss the free slot games. But do feel addicted too the paying ones.
      Same for me really. So money is involved. Thing is when a person wins. It seems like it’s the easiest money one can make. And the rush of a bon…[Read more]

  • Kenny posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 9 hours, 25 minutes ago

    I attended my ist gambler’s anonymous meeting early yesterday morning and I’m stunned at the reaction I have had just wanted to c if there’s anyone on who is early in there journey like me tbh I’m struggling to sleep because of the impact it’s had on me

    • Hi Kenny
      Well done on attending GA.
      Takes a lot of courage to do that.
      Hope you will continue to attend and maybe find some counseling.
      And see your family doctor and let him or her know that you are a compulsive gambler
      and it is effecting your sleep but I am pretty as you continue to attend GA and not gamble
      the sleeping issue will go away. I…[Read more]

    • Hi Kenny,Glad u made a GA mtg i myself have been struggling for many yrs with Gamb.Im gonna go to another mtg today and start my Day 1 over again.This has been a vicious cycle for me.I wanted ro say i developed Insomnia because of Gamb.I started waking in the middle of the night becuz of my losses and just in disbelief that i actually allowed…[Read more]

  • POS posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 13 hours, 21 minutes ago

    How do I support my spouse with the gambling addiction?

  • Rita posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 17 hours, 6 minutes ago

    I having a really hard time these days trying not to gamble. I’m new to the group I truly need help. I found when I’m at home by myself that’s the only thing on my mind. The only time I don’t think about gambling is when I’m broke

  • Sec2022 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 1 hour ago

    Good morning everyone. Hope we all made it they Friday night, sincerely. Always a Tough night for me. It’s the night I deserved to go gambling cuz I worked so hard all week. (Another excuse). I skimmed thru the states hard drive and now know the amount. It’s not pretty. But I’m 1/4 the way back to restitution and not stopping til I get there…[Read more]

  • Marge posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 9 hours ago

    NEW HERE. WONDERING IF I AM ADDICTED TO MONEY AS I HAVE MORE COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR THAN OBSESSIVE THOUGHTS URGE JUST PULLS AT ME. I DO NOT HAVE ANY TROUBLE QUITTING FREE ONLINE SLOT GAMES ANY THOUGHTS AS I HAVE TRIED GA AND READ ALLEN CARR’S BOOK THE EASY WAY TO STOP GAMBLING IT HELPS BUT AFTER DAY 4 THINGS SOMETIMES START TO PULL AT YOU. I AM…[Read more]

    • Marge you raise an interesting point. I had no problem giving up free online slot games.
      The money ones on the other hand not the same story.

  • Sec2022 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 2 hours ago

    Day 55…… Attorneys meeting went ok. I now have a flash drive of the states evidence against me. Gonna hold off til Saturday though to go through it. Another long day at work. Gonna focus on that instead. Thank you my friends for being here for me.

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

    SEPTEMBER 23 Reflection for the Day

    On studying the Twelve Steps of Recovery, many of us as newcomers to Gamblers Anonymous exclaimed, “What an order! I can’t go through with it.” “Don’t be discouraged,” we’re told at meeting after meeting. “No one among us has been able to maintain anything like perfect adherence to these principles. We are not…[Read more]

  • Riley posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 12 hours ago

    I can’t stop online gambling :(. It’s ruined me and my relationship and my wel being , I mentally can get it outta my head and I’m down 25k

    • I hope you can stop now. It won’t get any better but you can. I’ll be here if you’re ready for a new journey my friend

      • Thank you today’s day 1 going too be so hard considering it’s Friday end of the week , just have too break this horrible routine , habit , addiction , eating me away 😞

        • I’m right there with you Riley. I am down about $15k probably in the last 2 years. I have been up a lot before, then started betting crazy big to win big. You aren’t alone my friend. Hang in there.

    • Hi Riley
      Thinking of you be strong.
      Keep in mind one of your options is self exclusion.
      That really helped me.
      Either way it’s one day at a time.

  • Hynes posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 13 hours ago

    Iam new here and I have a great weakness for scratch tickets as long as I don’t have money in my pocket I seem to be ok but my wife gave me 200 to last me for the weekend because she is flying out of province to visit grand kids .So I bought beer , rum for a barbecue with some male friends also of course I spent 60 bucks on scratch tickets and t…[Read more]

    • I’ll be honest, I’m new here and have felt the same way. I know I am not okay and that I am trying to be better everyday. But giving up without trying your hardest to solve the issue (for me) was unfair to those I care about. People may not understand your struggle but if they truly love you and care about you, they will always be there. I fee…[Read more]

    • Well said Seekingfreedom
      Took me years of trying to stop on my own and I nearly lost everything including my life but I finally sought out a GA meeting and counseling. And with the support of others just like me I celebrated 20 years of One Day At A Time of not gambling.
      Hope you think about attending a GA group and please keep visiting here and…[Read more]

  • Iflipyou posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 14 hours ago

    Had almost a month in and blew it today. Lost a fair bit of money in the frigging slots. It was like I was a zombie, I just couldn’t stop. I am trying to focus on moving forward and accepting it was just a setback but I can’t stop thinking about it. Working hard at not thinking about going back to try and win my money back.

    • The chase never ends my friend and the house will always end up ahead. Start over today and use this as a lesson. You’re ok. Focus on one day of no bets. I’m here for ya

    • Ive been there way too many times, also. I get so sucked into trying to win, that I forget how much I’ve put in and lost! Usually, my entire pay is gone. 🙁

  • Sec2022 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 4 hours ago

    Day 54…… no bets today. Tired, working 12. But okay. Attorney meeting tonight. Discovery is in. Oh boy. This should be a day.

    • Good for you and good luck with what you need too take care of!

      • Unfortunately I know what to expect. It’s not pretty but it had to come to this for me to grow as a person. I’d like to say I’m not feeling afraid of what to come but it’s not going to stop my recovery process just where I’ll be for it for awhile. No matter what I’ll take it one day at a time

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

    Roughly a month since I’ve made a bet. I can’t say that the thought never crosses my mind. I’m just trying to take it one day at a time and do better then the day before. Working on myself the best I can. Daily readings, counseling and gamtalk.

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 7 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 22nd Reflection for the Day

    For a considerable period of time after I reached Gamblers Anonymous, I let things I couldn’t do keep me from doing the things I could. If I was bothered by what a speaker or other people said, I retreated, sulking, into my shell. Now, instead of being annoyed or defensive when someone strikes a raw nerve, I…[Read more]

  • Durr posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 15 hours ago

    Spiritual Ideas

    Ralph, recently homeless, was walking in a park looking for more wood to build his hapless shelter. A man with a big smile walked up to him.

    “Hi, I’m Charlie, do you have a minute to talk?”

    “Sure.”

    “I am on my way home right now, but I wanted to give you this tract,” he said, as he handed him a small folded piece of paper. “I w…[Read more]

  • Seeking.freedom posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 6 hours ago

    This is my first time reaching out. I have talked to family that deals with the same situations. I find myself explaining to myself how to be better, goals to not run back to gambling and it works, for a bout a week. But I’m tired of being stressed and drained and feeling chained to habits that I feel I can’t shake. I have “nightmares” and “day te…[Read more]

    • Hi Seeking .Freedom.

      You are not alone in the need for finding strength too stay away from gambling. It’s been awhile since I really thought about what really helped with stopping gambling. It can be frightening, and physiologically challenging too a degree. It’s part of your name. Freedom, freedom from the pull. Self exclusion and where eve…[Read more]

      • psychologically Challenging.

      • I’m glad you quit and are starting a new life. Come here and go on recovery chat. You got this. Keep reminding yourself that you made an adult decision to quit gambling and pat yourself on the back. You made the right decision to get off that roller coaster.

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 8 hours ago

    SEPTEMBER 20 Reflection for the Day

    “When a man has reached a condition in which he believed that a thing must happen when he does not wish it, and that which he wishes to happen can never be, this is really the state called desperation,” wrote Schopenhauer. The very real pain of emotional difficulties is sometimes very hard to take while we’re t…[Read more]

  • N9876 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 14 hours ago

    Hello, this is my first post here.

    I have been gambling on online casinos for over a couple years now and has gotten to the point where I’ve been using my credit card. I am over my limit and I’m barely getting by with rent and making bare minimum payments on my card. I feel hopeless, lost, uncertain and that I’ve ruined my life. Any help or su…[Read more]

    • Hi N9876
      What helped me get grounded in my recovery was counseling and gamblers anonymous meetings sites like Gamtalk.
      Folks in GA and Gamtalk understand what you are struggling with and will offer you support.
      Hope you will visit our chatroom.
      I usually visit most nights around 11 pm est and several other members visit through out the day.
      If you…[Read more]

    • Hi

      I wrote a comment too another person here similar.
      I couldn’t quit gambling just by saying. @ I don’t want too do it. I used self exclusion no choice but too stay away. And it certainly did help me get my life back on track. And my feelings of self worth returned also. I even spoke with the credit card companies I wanted too be denied use…[Read more]

    • You are not alone my friend. I’ll be reading your post

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