• jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 1 day, 5 hours ago

    1. Come here 2. Find a creative outlet (music, movie, etc) 3. Try to be more sociable (working on this one) 4. Wait until urge passes; sometimes 15 minutes 5. Talk to anyone about anything

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 2 days, 5 hours ago

    I did penny stocks and call options. The stock market can’t be predicted so it definitely is a form of gambling. I am in recovery for casino and online poker and I got the same rush from watching the price go up on an options call or stock.

  • jeffrecovery posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 17 hours ago

    This isn’t going to be easy. Please don’t underestimate the power of a drug called gambling. It is an addicting drug that we can quit. I quit gambling on Dec 3rd, 2018. I had quit for 2 months prior to that but that $50 hiccup sets my new date. I’m 4 days sober. Gambling effects us on a subconscious level and we can’t end that by thinking our way…[Read more]

    • I have never done this before. Im scared.i feel like a failer stupid im worthless.im a gambler addict. I win. Then i dont know where to stop until i lose it all again. I have lost alot of money i pawn my and my famlies things to get that last lotto ticket.im scared what people will say about me shes stupid.i have some neg in my life. But also…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 2 days, 21 hours ago

    Hey jean! Welcome! I haven’t gambled since 12/1/18. I have been getting on this site when gambling urges hit me. I look forward to chatting with you sometime! Take care

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 4 days, 20 hours ago

    Good job! You are doing good! The self-exclusion is the best way for us. The reasons why we compulsively gamble are numerous! I see it no different than a cocaine addiction because it makes dopamine flow. The most important thing rather than WHY.. is NOT doing it!:) and you’re not! Its a chemical thing in the brain that makes us feel good and…[Read more]

    • Thanks for taking the time out to reply, I agree that the why is not as important as the not doing it but I am very logical in every aspect of my life, except when it comes to gambling, so the why is quite important for me to stay stopped.

      • One thing that I did discover in my research is that when you get your first ‘big’ win the adrenaline rush is so intense that your brain puts up a barrier to stop your brain ‘blowing a fuse’ that barrier never comes down, but by then the gambler is hooked in trying to get that same ‘rush’, like you say, very much like a drug addiction. I found…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 6 days, 17 hours ago

    I would be escorted off of the property. If they didn’t catch me playing and I won over $1200 it would be forfeited. I wouldn’t get it. Heck no I won’t go in there! I know that this was a good decision for my gambling sobriety. I have 2 more casinos where I have to self-exclude. I know that I need to not gamble with the temptation very close to my…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    I can’t set foot in there. I noticed that I was going to get my freeplay and leaving credit cards at home. Then one day I bring the plastic by “accident” and blow $2000 over $20 freeplay. Crazy. Self excluding is leaving the credit cards at home and also.. not going in at all, ever. By law:)

    • By law ? Does that mean you’ll get arrested if you go and get caught? I like the idea. I for sure will be very afraid to risk it

      • I would be escorted off of the property. If they didn’t catch me playing and I won over $1200 it would be forfeited. I wouldn’t get it. Heck no I won’t go in there! I know that this was a good decision for my gambling sobriety. I have 2 more casinos where I have to self-exclude. I know that I need to not gamble with the temptation very close to my…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 1 week, 2 days ago

    More than likely that’s what would happen! I encourage you to see this incident as your “bottom” and start the recovery process. You will own up to your actions and the guilt will go away. Good luck blue! You can do it!

  • jeffrecovery posted an update 1 week, 2 days ago

    Today I self-excluded at a metro area casino and I have the paperwork to mail off to self-exclude at most other Oklahoma casinos. This is an important step if you are serious about quitting. Good luck everyone!

    • For years I had planned to do this. Printed out paperwork but before I could mail it off I manage to “talk” myself out of it. I think it is a wise move. I will be doing that soon as I get money for the notarization. It’s so pathetic. I gamble thousands of dollars and now I don’t even have $15.

      • I can’t set foot in there. I noticed that I was going to get my freeplay and leaving credit cards at home. Then one day I bring the plastic by “accident” and blow $2000 over $20 freeplay. Crazy. Self excluding is leaving the credit cards at home and also.. not going in at all, ever. By law:)

        • By law ? Does that mean you’ll get arrested if you go and get caught? I like the idea. I for sure will be very afraid to risk it

          • I would be escorted off of the property. If they didn’t catch me playing and I won over $1200 it would be forfeited. I wouldn’t get it. Heck no I won’t go in there! I know that this was a good decision for my gambling sobriety. I have 2 more casinos where I have to self-exclude. I know that I need to not gamble with the temptation very close to my…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted an update 1 week, 3 days ago

    Gambling is not hope. Gambling is the opposite

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 1 week, 5 days ago

    I hear you! I’m in Oklahoma too. Did you know that Oklahoma casinos are completely unregulated? They can get away with literally anything. The freeplay offers are to keep us addicted. They know they can pay out some to compulsive gamblers and we will give it back and more. There’s no way to win at any casino but Oklahoma casinos are particularly…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Our stories are all so similar. We are addicted to the dopamine rush of gambling. After several days without gambling you will go through something.. after several weeks you will go through another wave of urges. We need to remember to stay vigilant and notice how life gets better every day we dont gamble. The urges pass. Wait 15 minutes, put your…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    I believe each day we don’t gamble we are getting better and better. It requires strength to go through it but we can do it friend!

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    I hear you blue. How is your day

    • I have gone 8 days now without stepping foot into a grubby casino. Every day the itch has been strong but life is better without the money losing misery.

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 3 weeks ago

    Debra I hear you. You have had experiences that have changed your cognition. I know you can start that job, and I know you can never buy another scratch off ticket. You have to be vigilant about not gambling and change your negative thoughts. People here recommend GA. They aren’t wrong! It makes you accountable to others to attend GA meetings. I…[Read more]

  • jeffrecovery posted a new activity comment 1 month ago

    I’m new here, not sure. How are you doing?

  • jeffrecovery posted an update 1 month ago

    Remember, gambling is a losing proposition. Depression and anxiety make us want the dopamine rush of gambling. Your heart pumps, you are scared and excited.. will you win or lose? There are no recovery stories where someone won $100,000, put it in savings and didn’t give it back. Even if you won, you lost.

  • jeffrecovery became a registered member 1 month ago