• mjbla27 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    Gambling addiction has got to be the worst addiction in existence. I’ve been a gambler for 10 years now and I am in desperation to stop but can not hit the off button unfortunately. It would be nice. I am probably 30 000 $ in debt this year because of gambling and I continue to keep going because it’s ” fun “.
    I am broke, borrowing money from…[Read more]

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

    April 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me.
    —Frances Newton

    Fear of the unknown, often referred to as free-floating anxiety, catches up to us on occasion. But it needn’t. The program offers us strength whenever we need it, and faith diminishes all fear. It is said that fear c…[Read more]

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

    APRIL 17 Reflection for the Day

    The Gamblers Anonymous Program teaches me to remain on guard against impatience, lapses into self-pity, and resentments of the words and deeds of others. Though I must never forget what it used to be like, neither should I permit myself to take tormenting excursions into the past – merely for the sake of s…[Read more]

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

    April 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    In the face of an obstacle, which is impossible to overcome, stubbornness is stupid.
    —Simone de Beauvoir

    Sudden obstacles, barriers in the way of our progress, doors that unexpectedly close, may confuse, frustrate, and even depress us. The knowledge that we seldom understand just what is best for us c…[Read more]

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

    I’m a compulsive gambler. My life, including my finances, become unmanageable when I gamble. Taking one day at a time to not start the cycle of insanity all over again by placing that first bet today. Just for today: I choose not to gamble.

    • Did you ever do questionable things for money to gamble. Not stealing but other things?

      • Yes I did. And some of those things are part of the wreckage of my past that I’m still albeit slowly working on cleaning up. I’ve had to come out of retirement to work to pay off multiple finance company loans, payday loans, and repay a government overpayment. But I’m grateful that just for today I didn’t give in to the urge to gamble earlier, my…[Read more]

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

    My name is Debbie A. I’m a compulsive gambler. If I start to gamble, all areas of my life become unmanageable, and my journey back towards a peaceful way of life will become chaotic.

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

    APRIL 16 Reflection for the Day

    I once heard it said that “the mind is the slayer of the real.” Looking back at the insanity of those days when I was gambling, I know precisely what that phrase means. One of the Program’s important fringe benefits for me today is an increasing awareness of the world around me, so I can see and enjoy reality. Thi…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 2 days ago

    April 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    It seems to me that I have always been waiting for something better – sometimes to see the best I had snatched from me.
    —Dorothy Reed Mendenhall

    Gratitude for what is prepares us for the blessings just around the corner. What is so necessary to understand is that our wait for what’s around the corner c…[Read more]

  • kenl posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 2 days ago

    APRIL 15 Reflection for the Day

    Rare are the practicing compulsive gamblers who have any idea how irrational they are, or, seeing their irrationality, can bear to face it. One dictionary defines sanity as “soundness of mind.” Yet no compulsive gambler, rationally analyzing his or her destructive behavior, can truly claim soundness of min…[Read more]

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

    I have a big gambling problem. I always have the urge to gamble more. I will stop for a while like a month, and then there I go I gamble again. I have already lost 10,000$. I have locked almost all of my betting websites I can access. I have let my girlfriend took care of my money but still I find ways to gamble. I stole money from my loved ones.…[Read more]

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

    Compulsive gambling has us standing there with a shovel digging deeper and deeper. Then there is the pick ax to find another bottom. Can’t stop? Find help to ‘not start up’. Once in action; this is where the can’t stop begins. I know that I can not start up with the gambling . Any kind of slip up also needs to be addressed immediately. Keep…[Read more]

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

    April 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    A person who is looking for something doesn’t travel very fast.
    —E. B. White

    What do men really want? What are we seeking? Many of us have felt driven and still feel restless or compulsive at times. We frantically followed our impulses to self-destructive extremes. Even those painful actions of our p…[Read more]

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

    APRIL 14 Reflection for the Day

    Every man and woman who has joined Gamblers Anonymous and intends to stick around has, without realizing it, made a beginning on Step Three. Isn’t it true that, in all matters related to their gambling, each of them has decided to turn his or her life over to the care, protection, and guidance of the Program? So a…[Read more]

  • 2mrsherring posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    I’m new to the chat room. I’m a gambler. I’ve gone to one GA meeting over a year ago but didn’t make the time to go back. Because of my addiction and it’s consequences, because of the complete lack of real understanding or support, in fact due to the enabling at home, I feel beat down and like I’m nothing and no one would care if left this earth…[Read more]

    • Hi Mrsherring
      Glad you are reaching out.
      Lady in my GA room likes to say Gamblers aren’t bad people trying to be or stupid people trying to be smart.
      We are sick people trying to get well. Hope to catch you in chat. I am there most weekdays between 10am est and 3pm est.
      And if you have any questions or just need to share please feel free to email…[Read more]

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

    April 13th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    Are you willing to be sponged out, erased,/ cancelled,/made nothing?/Are you willing to be made nothing?/dipped into oblivion?/If not, you will never really change.
    —D. H. Lawrence

    Many men have a self-centered attitude about change. They say, “Lift yourselves up by your bootstraps! Take charge! Be a…[Read more]

  • gabby1234 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    I’m gambling again. Wtf…I already lost $3,600. Had to pawn my wedding ring to buy food. I’m in so much pain yet I go back. I need strength. God help me stop. Please.

    • Hi Gabby
      Glad you are reaching out. Not sure where you are from but google Gamblers Anonymous and find a meeting near you.
      Also when you get an urge pop into the chat room here and even if no one is around post how you are feeling. And if you
      would like to receive two daily recovery focused messages send me an email and I will add you to my…[Read more]

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

    APRIL 13 Reflection for the Day

    Any number of compulsive gamblers are bedeviled by the conviction that if they ever go near the Gamblers Anonymous Program – whether by attending meetings or talking one-to-one with a member – they’ll be pressured to conform to some particular brand of faith or religion. They don’t realize that faith is never a…[Read more]

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

    Hi, I am James and I am a gambler. I admit my problem, and today is the first day on my journey to recovery.

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

    April 12th Hazelden Thought for the Day

    Letting Go of Fear

    Picture yourself swimming floating – peacefully down a gentle stream. All you need to do is breathe, relax, and go with the flow.

    Suddenly, you become conscious of your situation. Frightened, overwhelmed with “what if’s?” your body tenses. You begin to thrash around, frantically…[Read more]

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

    APRIL 12 Reflection for the Day

    If we attempt to understand rather than to be understood, we can more quickly assure a newcomer that we have no desire to convince anyone that there is only one way by which faith can be acquired. All of us, whatever our race, gender, creed, color, or ethnic heritage, are the children of a living Creator, with whom…[Read more]

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