• Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 17 hours, 45 minutes ago

    MARCH 5 Reflection for the Day

    Before I became clean in Gamblers Anonymous, I blamed all my problems on other people, or on places and things. Now I’m learning to look squarely at each difficulty, not seeking whom to “blame,” but to discover how my attitude helped create my problem or aggravate it. I must also learn to face the consequences of my…[Read more]

  • Cat Lyon posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 23 hours, 59 minutes ago

    Hello Group,
    I am finally moving from hurt, anger, and now grief fro the loss of my dad from COVID and my siblings are still acting like fools. But, I know I have NO CONTROL over PEOPLE, places, or things. So I don’t and won’t get sucked in to the drama and chaos now that both my parents have now passed… I am keeping busy with March being…[Read more]

  • Christy B posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 7 hours ago

    I posted a reply to Liz and it didnt show up when i logged back in

  • Liz posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 7 hours ago

    its a difficult task for me to say out loud that i suffer from gambling problem.
    Even I did not go over two months now to a Casino they are closed i have an urge to do so.
    how can I overcome those urges/

    • Ive admitted it for 10 years. But until I actually do something like immerse myself in as much recovery as I spend gambling..I still gamble. Thankfully got a therapist and attended an online zoom ga meeting last night. I have 1 gamble free day. Urges! Omg i was gambling daily for 6 months! I am urging all over the place!!

      • When I got urges I used to ask myself ‘Where does it actually hurt?’ Try and view your urges as proof of your body healing rather than a desire that can only be extinguished by giving in to it.

        • So true, mozzie… We need to remember …
          HALT… Am I,
          H hungry
          A angrey
          L lonely
          T tired ???

          Cat

    • Liz, I too surely understand how you feel. All I can add even having 14-yrs from a BET, the only way to diminish cravings and urges is NOT Gambling. Triggers? You may need to examine the WHY triggers are setting you off. Is it from stress, being bored, or lonely? From an argument or something else? Triggers are a bit different from just urges and…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 day, 17 hours ago

    MARCH 4 Reflection for the Day

    We may not know any specifics about the activities of today; we may not know whether we’ll be alone or with others. We may feel the day contains too much time – or not enough. We may be facing tasks we’re eager to complete, or tasks we’ve been resisting. Though the details of each person’s day differ, each day holds…[Read more]

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

    MARCH 3 Reflection for the Day

    I’ve begun to understand myself better since I’ve come to Gamblers Anonymous. One of the most important things I’ve learned is that opinions aren’t facts. Just because I feel that a thing is so doesn’t necessarily make it so. “Men are not worried by things,” wrote the Greek philosopher Epictetus, “but by their…[Read more]

  • Peter D posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 days, 22 hours ago

    Its been Three weeks that I have not gambled and feel better everyday until you think of all the screw ups to lead me to where I am

    • So glad to see you have three weeks! I’ll be hitting 30 days in a couple of days and wanted to be sure to be back to give you a virtual high-five on your 30-day day.

    • Hi Peter
      Hang in there and try to just stay in today.
      Good not to look too far back or too far ahead.

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 17 hours ago

    MARCH 2 Reflection for the Day

    Why don’t I spend part of today thinking about my assets, rather than my liabilities? Why not think about victories, instead of defeats – about the ways in which I am gentle and kind? It’s always been my tendency to fall into a sort of cynical self-hypnosis, putting derogatory labels on practically everything I’ve…[Read more]

  • AndyT posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 days, 19 hours ago

    It all started out as entertainment. I won a little bit of money. Came back for more. I lost more than I won. So I wanted to win it back. Lost some more. Keep chasing losses. Now I’ve lost more than just money. My life has hit rock bottom. Troubles with work, and family. Keep thinking even if I don’t win back all I’ve lost, I’d win just a portion…[Read more]

    • Hi Andy T, Don’t try to ‘win’ your life back, take back control of it. Hard though it may seem you have to accept the losses, draw a line underneath them, I managed this with a six figure loss, it took some time to accept that loss 100% but now I see it as the cost of my entertainment. Once you change your mind set towards gambling things do get…[Read more]

      • Hi mozzie, thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. I’m taking baby steps and working things out with my wife right now. I know I’m very lucky to have a supportive family to stay by my side at this very hard time. I’m taking back control of my life. I can and I will.

    • Talking among people that went through exactly what you’ve been through.It really has help me and wife is their as well thank god

    • Hi Peter, thank you for your response, isnt there a zoom on this website? Where can I find the schedule and link? Thanks.

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 days, 17 hours ago

    MARCH 1 Reflection for the Day

    Now that we’re free and no longer gambling, we have so much more control over our thinking. More than anything, we’re able to alter our attitudes. Some members of Gamblers Anonymous, in fact, choose to think of the letters GA as an abbreviation for “Great Attitude.” In the bad old days, I almost always respond…[Read more]

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 3 hours ago

    FEBRUARY 28 Reflection for the Day

    We have learned from others in Gamblers Anonymous that the chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear – mainly fear that we would lose something we already possessed or that we would fail to get something we demanded. Living on the basis of unsatisfied demands, we obviously were in a state of c…[Read more]

  • Jand posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 13 hours ago

    Well here I go again. I have struggled for many years. In the past few years I went into 2 treatment programs. After completing the first (btw I was only one in four gambling rest were substance abuse). A month after finishing the program my mom suddenly passed away. (More to the story). Anyhow I did well for a few months but then I thought…[Read more]

    • Oh Ty covid for the seclusion and giving me another excuse.

    • Hi Jand,
      The pattern you are displaying suggests that you, like the rest of us, have underlying issues that prompt us into these self destructive behaviours. When I had one to one counselling it prompted me to look within myself, back to my childhood and find the core problem, which was low self esteem. An awful lot of people suffer from this and…[Read more]

  • Deanna Smith posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 5 days, 19 hours ago

    Hi. First time here. My gambling has spiraled out of control this past year. Its my way of coping with stress wich is ironic because it only causes more stress. Im at my rock bottom and know I need help.

  • Christy B posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 1 hour ago

    I have been struggling with compulsive gambling since my mom died in 2008. In and out of GA for 10 years. This last run was worse than all the others. I see why they say its progressive.. Im tired worn out broke and just sick and tired of being sick and tired. Dont even know how to get back on track.

    • Hi Christy B,
      I can relate to what you are saying, my gambling spiralled out of control when I was caring for my partner for a year before he died from cancer in 2002. For me gambling was an escape, somewhere to distract me from the situation I was facing. The problem was that I felt so guilty that he was ill and I couldn’t change that, c…[Read more]

  • GiGi posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 11 hours ago

    I don’t even know where to start. I haven’t even been gambling very long but when I started just 2 years ago it seems I can’t stop. Entire paychecks, then scrambling to try and figure out how to make that money back. Sick to my stomach., suicidal thoughts which is unlike me at all. Yet, somehow I can’t seem to quit. It’s a vicious cycle and I can…[Read more]

    • Hi Gigi
      Welcome to Gamtalk. No one here is going to judge because we have all been where you are at some point in our gambling addiction.
      Hope you will keep coming back and check out the 3 meetings we have on Mondays at 10 pm est Tuesdays 9pm est and Fridays 10 pm est. Also if you go into the chat room and no one is around post how you are doing /…[Read more]

    • Talk to someone it will help.I’m here anytime

  • Ken L posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 6 days, 17 hours ago

    FEBRUARY 27 Reflection for the Day
    If I live just one day at a time, I won’t so quickly entertain fears of what might happen tomorrow. As long as I’m concentrating on today’s activities, there won’t be room in my mind for worrying, I’ll try to fill every minute of this day with something good – seen, heard, or accomplished. Then, when the day is…[Read more]

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

    Good morning all I hope everyone’s day is hopeful,
    I thank the Lord for the people in this support group that can spot and address issues before they start. I found myself not just looking for a reason but coming up with one to go all the way backward and it was immediately brought to my attention and called out for what it was am for that I’m tru…[Read more]

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

    FEBRUARY 26 Reflection for the Day

    “What if…” How often we hear these words from newcomers to the Gamblers Anonymous Program. How often, in fact, we tend to say them ourselves. “What if I lose my job?” “What if my car breaks down?” “What if I get sick and can’t work?” “What if my child gets hooked on drugs?” What if – anything our desperate im…[Read more]

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

    I came here a little over a year ago at 31 years old having gambled for 15 years of my life. I cold turkey stopped January 1, 2020. I tried GA, didn’t work for me. I tried therapy, didn’t work. I tried cutting sources off, didn’t work. I sat in the shower sick to my stomach and puking. I decided to pray…I looked up and asked God for his strengt…[Read more]

  • Mitten08 posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week ago

    My prayers are with you. I feel your pain. I lost my husband of 35 years as well as my mom and dad. Grieving is a life long process and it is good to grieve. You don’t need a drink or a slot machine and not everybody happiness depends on you. In fact we can only love and happiness comes from within. God 🙏🙏🙏

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