@anneactive 3 months, 2 weeks ago
MAY 17 Reflection for the Day
If we felt guilty, degraded, or ashamed of either our addiction itself or the things we did while “in action,” that served to magnify our feelings of being outcasts. On occasion, we secretly feared or actually believed that we deserved every painful feeling; we thought, at times, that we truly were outsiders. The…[Read more]
May 16th Hazelden Thought for the Day
“I woke up this morning and I had a hard time for a while,” said one recovering man. “Then I realized it was because I wasn’t liking myself very much.” Recovering people often say: I just don’t like myself. When will I start liking myself?
The answer is: start now. We can learn to be gentle,…[Read more]
MAY 16 Reflection for the Day
Many of us in the Gamblers Anonymous Program share the memory that we originally gambled to “belong,” to “be a big shot,” or to “be a part of the crowd.” Others of us fueled our addictions in order to “get in” – to feel, at least for a short time, that we fitted in with the rest of the human race. Sometimes, our…[Read more]
Hello my name is chris I have a gambling addiction or I wouldn’t be here I’m from Pennsylvania and we have 4 diff casinos I go to 2 in NY 2 IN PA that’s not my problem my problem is almost every convenience store i go to in my town has those damn Pennsylvania skill machines i cant go in any store without playing them and usually losing my ass…[Read more]
Welcome! Gamtalk can be a great part of recovery; a good resource to connect with others who understand. Click on the chat button and see if anyone is around. Monday eve. chat is gaurenteed that at least a moderator will be there. Do try calling the P A problem gamblers helpline.. google the number.. they will get you going on the right path…[Read more]
May 15th Hazelden Thought for the Day
What is moral is what you feel good after.
Each of us has a little voice inside us that tells us what is good and what is bad. For instance, if our friends are making fun of someone who is different than we are, how do we feel if we join in the laughter? Do we feel more comfortable if w…[Read more]
May 15 Reflection for the Day
Looking back at those last desperate days before I came to Gamblers Anonymous, I remember more than anything the feelings of loneliness and isolation. Even when I was surrounded by people, including my own family, the sense of “aloneness” was overwhelming. Even when I tried to act sociable and wore the mask of…[Read more]
May 14th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.
—Katherine Anne Porter
Each of us has miraculously been summoned to the road to recovery. We no doubt felt hopeless many times. We no doubt pleaded, aimlessly and t…[Read more]
MAY 14 Reflection for the Day
“A very popular error – having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack upon one’s convictions,” wrote Nietzsche. The Gamblers Anonymous Program is helping me get rid of my old ideas by sharing with others and working the Twelve Steps. Having made a searching and…[Read more]
May 13th Hazelden Thought for the Day
As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.
Because of our resentments we sometimes get tense. We say we aren’t going to have contact with our parents until they do something we expect of t…[Read more]
MAY 13 Reflection for the Day
When a person wakes up each morning and rises, with nerves screaming and sick at heart, to face frightening reality; when a person stumbles through the day in a pit of despair, wishing to die, but refusing to die; when a person gets up the next day and does it all over again – well, that takes guts. That takes a kind…[Read more]
May 12th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I would be honest, for there are those who trust me.
—Howard Arnold Walter
Some of those around us seem to see only the good in us. They trust and respect us, even when we ourselves may not feel we deserve it.
A young girl once talked about her grandfather. She said, “He was the only person in my l…[Read more]
MAY 12 Reflection for the Day
My courage must come each day, as does my desire to avoid a single bet, a single addictive act. It must be a continuing courage, without deviations and procrastination, without rashness, and without fear of obstacles. This would seem like a large order indeed, were it not for the fact that it is confined to this one…[Read more]
What do you feel each day? Each day that goes by where you walk into that building. As you leave your house in the morning to go to “work”, get your morning coffee, drive into the parking lot, lock your car doors and make your way into the building , is it the sound of slot machines singing away that draws you in, or is it the thought of hea…[Read more]
May 11th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Bad moments, like good ones, tend to be grouped together.
Rough times may be pouring in on us at the moment, and they may seem unending. Difficulties appear to attract more difficulties, problems with loved ones, problems at work, and problems with our appearance. A negative attitude, s…[Read more]
MAY 11 Reflection for the Day
Now that I know I can no longer use false courage that is really bravado, I seek and pray for twenty-four-hour courage to change the things I can. Obviously, this isn’t the kind of courage that will make me a strong and brave person for life, able to handle any and all situations courageously. Rather, what I need is…[Read more]
May 10th Hazelden Thought for the Day
“You are accepted!” … accepted by that which is greater than you and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask the name now, perhaps you will know it later. Do not try to do anything; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything, do not perform anything, and do not intend anything. Simply…[Read more]
MAY 10 Reflection for the Day
As the doubter tries the process of prayer, he would do well to add up the results. If he persists, he’ll almost surely find more serenity, more tolerance, less fear, and less anger. He’ll acquire a quiet courage-the kind that isn’t tension-ridden. He’ll be able to look at “failure” and “success” for what they really…[Read more]
Yesterday my grocery cost was $77.77. In the past I may have thought , “Today I will win if I go to a casino.” In the present I see this 7777 as a sign that I’m on the right track/ or my recently deceased mom is smiling at me/ or “I win ” when I’m in recovery.
MAY 9 Reflection for the Day
“Perfect courage,” wrote La Rochefocauld, “means doing unwitnessed what we would be capable of with the world looking on.” As we grow in the Gamblers Anonymous Program, we recognize persistent fear for what it is, and we become able to handle it. We begin to see each adversity as a God-given opportunity to develop…[Read more]
Focusing solely on NOT gambling is like trying to lose weight by obsessing on how you can not eat certain things… sort of. Focus on recovery is expansive and healing.. it has breadth and depth. Body, mind and spirit are addressed and fed with nourishment/wisdom/tools/ resources etc. When we feel sick from abstaining we reach for what recovery…[Read more]
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