APRIL 23 Reflection for the Day
No matter what it is that seems to be our need or problem, we can find something to rejoice in, something for which to give thanks. It is not God who needs to be thanked, but we who need to be thankful. Thankfulness opens new doors to good in our life. Thankfulness creates a new heart and a new spirit in us.
Do I…[Read more]
April 22nd Hazelden Thought for the Day
Coping With Stress
Inevitably, there are times of stress in our lives, no matter how long we’ve been in recovery.
Sometimes, the stress is outside or around us. We’re feeling balanced, but our circumstances are stressful. Sometimes, the stress is within; we feel out of balance.
When the stress is…[Read more]
just reading some post you guys have entered recently. going to start off with why i am here. i am a 19 year old man who has always had the addictive personality. i play sports so i have always been around gambling with sports betting being so causal around me. so i started off with little 5$ sports tickets, scratch opens, etc. that…[Read more]
April 22 Reflection for the Day
As I attended meetings of the Gamblers Anonymous Program, may my eyes open wider and wider. Other people’s problems make mine look small, yet they are facing them with courage and confidence. Others are trapped in situations as bad as mine, but they bear their troubles with more fortitude. By going to meetings, I f…[Read more]
April 21st Hazelden Thought for the Day
No one likes a martyr.
How do we feel around martyrs? Guilty, angry, trapped, negative, and anxious to get away.
Somehow, many of us have developed the belief that depriving ourselves, not taking care of ourselves, being a victim, and suffering needlessly will get us what we want.
It is our job to notice…[Read more]
April 21 Reflection for the Day
Can I be wholeheartedly grateful for today? If so, I’m opening doors to more and more abundant good. What if I can’t be thankful for the “rain” that has fallen in my life – for the so called bad times? What then? I can begin by giving thanks for the sunshine I can remember, and for every blessing that has come my w…[Read more]
April 20th Hazelden Thought for the Day
Hurried and worried until we’re buried
And there’s no curtain call,
Life’s a very funny proposition,
—George M. Cohan
Often, when we involve ourselves in a whirlwind of activities, plans, and expectations, we push ourselves so hard that we don’t derive any satisfaction from success. We n…[Read more]
April 19th Hazelden Thought for the Day
The winds of change blow through our life, sometimes gently, sometimes like a tropical storm. Yes, we have resting places – time to adjust to another level of living, time to get our balance, time to enjoy the rewards. We have time to catch our breath.
But change is inevitable and…[Read more]
APRIL 19 Reflection for the Day
As we continue to make these vital choices and so move towards these high aspirations, our reality returns and our compulsion vanishes. We learn, in the words of Plutarch, that, “A pleasant and happy life does not come from external things. Man draws from within himself, as from a spring, pleasure and joy.”
Am I…[Read more]
I went crazy three weeks ago and got addicted to a casino slot machine. I’ve always bought lottery tickets but the casino made me do questionable things to get money to gamble.
Here it is day 6, and I\’m fighting a strong urge to go gamble at casino with my $50 reward play. This is the strongest urge I\’ve felt during the past 6 days, and I\’m going bat $hit krazy (YES! crazy with a \”K\”)
April 18th Hazelden Thought for the Day
To oppose something is to maintain it.
—Ursula K. LeGuin
Most of our struggles are with other persons or perhaps situations we want to change. We discover that our continual opposition adds fuel to the fires (at least our own internal ones). But can we turn our backs when we feel justified in our o…[Read more]
APRIL 18 Reflection for the Day
We in Gamblers Anonymous know full well the futility of trying to overcome our addiction by will power alone. At the same time, we do know that it takes great willingness to adopt the Program’s Twelve Steps as a way of life that can restore us to a normal way of thinking and living. No matter how severe our…[Read more]
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]
April 17th Hazelden Thought for the Day
I can stand what I know. It’s what I don’t know that frightens me.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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