• stephann posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 hour, 54 minutes ago

    Day 1.Im not sure what to say besides i been struggling everyday.The compulsive of thoughts i need to go gamble and i act on it are makin me sick.Ive lost so much $ to much $.I just keep going back i read Lisa mesg and i can understand how she feels.Tonight a member from GA is picking me up to take me to mtg..Lately i been telling my husband i…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 hours, 15 minutes ago

    JANUARY 26th Reflection for the Day

    Personal freedom is mine for the taking. No matter how close the ties of love and concern that bind me to my family and friends, I must always remember that I am an individual, free to be myself and live my own life in serenity and joy. The key word in this realization is personal. For I can free myself from…[Read more]

  • lisa posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 hours, 27 minutes ago

    I hate myself right now! How did I get myself back into a hole? I need to stay away from gambling before it’s too late. I feel hopeless to this addiction.

    • Hi Lisa.I can totally understand how u feel.I have been so out of control gamb im losing hope i wont ever stop.Ive lost so much $ it makes me sick!! I hooe you are able to somehow get this undercontrol.Im Day 1 today and going to a GA mtg tonight.This is a struggle.I have 3 kids and quitting this addiction is harding than raising kids i think.Take care.

  • YTT posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 10 hours, 50 minutes ago

    Hi
    It is refreshing to see I am not alone. I have been a problem gamblers for 3 years. Everytime I think this is the time it gets me again. The slots are my down fall and seeing them in ads and posts just draw me back. Anyone else have this problem?

    • Yes, I have the same problem. It’s a terrible addiction. My advice is to stay home in the first place. Every time I go I wish I stayed home. I feel like a total failure.

  • Snafugjm posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 16 hours, 58 minutes ago

    Hello to everyone. I am new to this forum. My name is Graham and I struggle with an addition to online gambling. It has landed me in significant debt and, in combination with a few other things, ended up in the separation from my long time partner. I am struggling to get it under control. Every time I pay off some of my debt my immediate…[Read more]

    • Hi Graham! I appreciate your honesty. That’s a great first step. The actions you need to take are simple but it’s the staying committed everyday that’s hard. People have had good success with installing bet blocker. I’d also take the steps to have no access to money….how ever you need to make that happen. I liked to use a pre paid Visa card. You…[Read more]

    • Hey Graham and welcome. I too suffer from this exact same thing, you are not alone. I try to tell myself that a casino is a business and they are making billions for a reason. I am now on day 4 and have been doing my best to stay strong. Some advice i can give is find hobbies to distract you and slowly pay off your debts. GA will so help you!

    • I am sorry to hear you are struggling like me with this. You are not alone. Right now I am just taking this a day at a time. Like you gambling has stolen my money and caused me to lose some of the people I love. The good news is that I am realizes how powerful this addiction is and doing everything I can to get my life back.

  • Ryan posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 18 hours, 30 minutes ago

    I have been hiding a gambling problem for a few years now. We have slot machines called “PA Skills” and they are in every gas station and club in the area I live in. I have two little girls and a loving wife to take care of. My financials are perfectly fine. I have only used money that I have made from a side job that I have but the money is…[Read more]

    • Hi Ryan
      As simple as it sounds I have stopped One Day At A Time and attend weekly Gamblers Anonymous meetings which help me stay
      focused on recovery for over 20 years now.
      And also attended counseling.
      Wish you well.
      Ken L Grateful Recovering Compulsive Gambler

      • Hi Ken,
        Thank you for your response. I guess my real question is…..how do you know if you truly have a problem and if you do how do you know what kind of help is best for you? I have never gambled away my pay check or even tapped into my bank account. However, all my “play” money is almost gone and that was a fairly large amount at one point.…[Read more]

    • Hi Ryan! Reading your post and comment I personally see a lot of red flags but ultimately the decision is yours. This recovery journey is not a half in/half out process. You need to be fully committed and so sick of your own bullshit that you’re willing to do whatever it takes to stay clean and reach for a better life. The one thing I can tell y…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 6 hours ago

    JANUARY 25th Reflection for the Day

    Even with a growing understanding of the Gamblers Anonymous Program and its Twelve Steps, we sometimes may find it difficult to believe that our new way of life leads to personal freedom. Suppose, for example, I feel imprisoned in an uncomfortable job or troublesome personal relationship. What am I doing about…[Read more]

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

    13 days of no gambling I’m feeling much better just hope I can keep it up

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 18 hours ago

    JANUARY 24th Reflection for the Day

    Among the many gifts that we are offered in the Gamblers Anonymous Program is the gift of freedom. Paradoxically, however, the gift of freedom is not without a price tag; freedom can be achieved only by paying the price called acceptance. Similarly, if we can surrender to God’s guidance, it will cost us our s…[Read more]

  • PhilG posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 21 hours ago

    Day 15
    Talk to someone, seek counselling, betblocker, ask someone to manage your finances are just a few tricks that can help you.
    You are not alone with this disease and if someone can beat it, that means ANYONE can do it!
    Take it one day at a time.

  • diamond posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 21 hours ago

    Did you know that you get a hit of dopamine every time you make a bet?? It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s just the act of gambling that releases a boost of dopamine in your brain just like a drug addict gets a high every time he shoots up. When dopamine is released in large amounts it creates feelings of strong pleasure and reward whi…[Read more]

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

    Well im back, day 2 Hope everyone is staying strong and fighting their demons👍🏻 just remember casinos are a business and without people to give them money they are nothing. Stay strong and keep your dollar in your pocket.

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

    Spiritual Ideas
    We are at our greatest temptation point when we feel like we are justified to slip up. Our world fell apart again – we now have every right to slip up. But what we often forget is that when our world falls apart that is “precisely when” the Holy Spirit is waiting to come in. And “waiting” is also a key word. When we fight add…[Read more]

  • nikos posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 20 hours ago

    Day 14

    TL;DR: Keep working every day on ourselves. Forget about all loopholes. Only work, effort, patience and we’ll get out victorious!

    It’s the first time I keep consistency in coming back here and continuously thinking and working on my brain.

    I don’t want to just count days and wait for the next relapse this time. I almost want for the…[Read more]

    • Nikos
      Really in depth heart felt post. Everything you say is encouraging and resourceful.
      Thank you it’s so nice too hear you are doing well!
      As you say one day at a time ❤️

    • Beautiful!! You are truly winning now. Cheers to your success.❤️❤️❤️

  • JerMe posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 21 hours ago

    It’s been hard these last few days for whatever reason. I want to gamble badly but I know it will result in total defeat and disappointment. I have about 60 days clean time. I know I can keep it going. It’s been tough and I am sure you all feel it too. And it’s so goofy. I still hold out hope though that I will gamble again someday. Perhaps when…[Read more]

    • I feel you JerMe.

      That longing, that “missing it”, it’s our brain freaking out because we stopped feeding it. The longer we keep it up, the less it bothers us, but we have to always be alert. Even after 5 years.

      It will keep trying to find ways to convince us. We’ve completely messed up our reward system. Gambling is the easy way towards…[Read more]

    • Jerme congratulations on your days away.
      You mention you still keep hope you will gamble some day. I think many do that are trying too stop. But you put it into words. That’s what I like about this site. Some really good posts that verbalize thoughts and feeling a person goes through stopping gambling. For myself it’s given me a stronger way too…[Read more]

    • Congrats on your 60 days. I know it ain’t easy. Take it a min at a time. Keep pushing forward.

  • stephann posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days ago

    Day 1.Their is so much confusion in my life from gamb.My jeep is a disaster from scratch tix glitter my credit cards ins cards fell out of my purse their buried in between the seats of my truck.I cant take this nonsense anymore.Going to try again today.Not sure why when a few days go by and i dont gamble that i start to feel i can control my gamb.

    • Hi Stephann. I forget are you seeing a councillor or are you going too ga meetings.
      Pretty hard too block what you are doing. So that I think is your best form of help.
      Plus of course speaking here with your friends. ❤️

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

    Day 178 begins….. 12 hour shift in front of me. Very tired this morning. Got my readings in though. Hope everyone has a good day today. ❤️

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

    Hello, i have never done something like this. Im 27 and discovered online betting when i was about 21. I have been on and off with betting on various sites. I have used almost every website available and have self excluded from majority of them, but i always find a way to get back on. I was winning a lot and i told myself i would stop once i…[Read more]

    • Hey Brandon!

      Welcome to the group. I too am fairly new here with a similar situation at hand. Online gambling is the worst simply because of how easily accessible it is. Push a button make a deposit… win some money, lose a ton more. It drove me to the point where I was literally yelling and smacking myself because it was an endless loop of h…[Read more]

      • Thank you for the kind words, i would like to mention “winning a lot” is actually winning some of my thousands i have lost back. I hope you stay strong and maybe talking to your Fiancé about it more will help! We are all in this together!

    • Hi Brandon
      Welcome too this site.
      The first thing I can think of with your girlfriend you need too give her permission too say no too you when you want her help too side you in gambling. And she needs too stick too that. Also ask if you haven’t already for her support.
      If you carry on your debt will grow instead of the things you want and n…[Read more]

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

    JANUARY 23rd Reflection for the Day

    We must never be blinded by the futile philosophy that we are just the hapless victims of our inheritance, of our life experience, and of our surroundings – that these are the sole forces that make our decisions for us. This is not the road to freedom. We have to believe that we can really choose. As a…[Read more]

    • Gambling is definitely what I’ve been using to do this. I have been ripped off in the past. I’ve always had a feeling of getting ahead somehow especially when people have used me stolen from me.I have been ripped off in the past. I’ve always had a feeling of getting ahead somehow especially when people have use me stolen from me. I have felt like…[Read more]

  • yolip posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 10 hours ago

    Yesterday I was with extreme urge to gamble. I just got paid Friday with some money in the bank. Today literally tried to log onto the online casino app. Good thing there’s a self exclusion in place. I was going crazy …a little later I remembered that one thing I’ve always wanted to do. Jewelry making. It’s a hobby that I want to turn into…[Read more]

    • Wow, is that ever awesome! What a great thought to have instead of gambling do you have a great day!

      • Thank you Steve it truly feels awesome !! Now I believe that if we stay long enough from gambling, things get better day by day.! Let’s do this. Let’s fight it and win it! Have a great great evening !!

    • You just put a big smile on my face yolip!! That is so great!! I want to be your first customer. Could you make me a bracelet? What are my color choices?

      • Awwww thank you so much Diamond ! It will be my pleasure! I will be making semi precious stone bracelets. I ordered Obsidian, Jade, Garnet and Tiger’s eye.

    • Awesome Yolip!

      That urge is a tough one to overcome but you made it by doing something that you are passionate about. Today, I went to church, spent time with my family and spent the majority of the day doing Uber. I have a regular 9-5 but doing Uber keeps my mind busy and away from gambling. Just made dinner and now relaxing with my lady. Today…[Read more]

      • Thank you Cjg.. your day sounds awesome too. I’m so happy for us! Gambling made me forget that there is life and happiness outside of it. There are other things in life that can make us feel alive again.. especially our love ones. Keep going.. you got this !

    • Hi Yolip
      That’s so wonderful you turned your urges to gamble into being productive. I am excited for you. I will turn too painting and sketching when I can find the time.
      That’s something since I was a child I wanted too do. A neighbor called me the other day to sketch a picture for him for a friend he has seen some of my work and said he kno…[Read more]

      • Hi Serenity, I was thinking about you yesterday because you mentioned this to me last week. That it would help if I turn to what inspires me and find my passion. I woke up this morning still excited and no urge to gamble. You are so totally right. A million thanks to you and much love back your way.

        • Awe Yolip
          I’m so happy for you. Guess what we influence each other. I started an on line painting course today. I can’t tell you how good it feels too hold a paint brush again. I’m not finished my painting is a course on loose painting. Which is something I need. Because I love detail. I think if I can learn too combine the two. I should be able…[Read more]

          • Oh my Chili sounds so good. I wish I could see your paintings someday. What a gift you have, I could barely draw a stick lol.

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