APRIL 25 Reflection for the Day
I have much more to be grateful for than I realize. Too often, I don’t remember to give thought to all the things in my life that I could enjoy and appreciate. Perhaps I don’t take time for this important meditation because I’m too preoccupied with my own so-called woes. I allow my mind to overflow with griev…[Read more]
April 24th Hazelden Thought for the Day
She knows omnipotence has heard her prayer and cries, “It shall be done–sometime, somewhere.”
—Ophelia Guyon Browning
Patience is a quality that frequently eludes us. We want what we want when we want it. Fortunately, we don’t get it until the time is right, but the waiting convinces us our prayers a…[Read more]
APRIL 24 Reflection for the Day
We come to know in the Gamblers Anonymous Program that there is no deeper satisfaction and no greater joy than in a Twelfth Step well done. To watch the eyes of men and women open with wonder as they move from darkness to light, to see their lives quickly fill with new purpose and meaning, and above all to watch…[Read more]
Suggestions to Prevent Urges From Occurring
Suggestions for When You Have an Urge to Gamble
Many compulsive gamblers, especially those in early stages of recovery, experience urges to gamble. Repetition of the gambling behavior over a relatively long period of time, combined with thoughts of gambling and associated pleasurable feelings, causes…[Read more]
April 23rd Hazelden Thought for the Day
Friendship with oneself is all-important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
In recovery, perhaps first we make peace with ourselves, and not until later do we become our own friends. We have been at war with ourselves and in turmoil with our f…[Read more]
Went to my first GA meeting since relapsing a few months ago. So grateful to have made it today without going to a casino and that people are there to show us they way at GA.
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]
Hey, Cam52. Good thing you recognize you have a problem now, while you are young and have so much life ahead to live fully. I just went back to GA (gamblers anonymous) as I can NOT do this by myself. Myself is only my EGO (edging god out, whatever you consider to be god or a higher power). I drove past those nasty casinos and was able to get…[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]
Your ability to reason and judge something as harmful and dangerous is hyjacked by slots ie. their intentional purpose and design. Addiction by design! Stay away.
That is mind control. It’s SOOOO addictive. I”ve done many things in my life and those slot machines are like the snake in Jungle Book. They hypnotize you and pull you in so far that you cannot think straight. I forgot what money even means, how much I have put in, what time it is, how long I’ve been there, my stomach doesn’t tell me I’m hungry…[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]
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