• poutine posted a new activity comment 2 weeks ago

    Hi. Sorry that you’re trapped by someone else’s gambling. In addition to checking here, please go to the gamanon website. They specialise in people affected by someone else’s gambling problem.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Hi Karen. Welcome. I’ve been there many times in the past. Please look at the treatment and support section on the website. Also, check to see if there is gamblers anonymous in your location. The chat room here is available but you have to check back. There’s are often recovering gamblers there chatting. There is a chat on Monday evenings and…[Read more]

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    Indeed. Always fun and interesting to hear how gambling affected my life and to read about numerous healthy ways to get help and get better. I’m so glad that I had that ‘teachable moment’ many years ago.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    I was doing some shredding and found documents that reminded me that I’ve been on Gamtalk for over 5 years. Quelle fait accompli!

    • Time flies when you are having fun🤓

      • Indeed. Always fun and interesting to hear how gambling affected my life and to read about numerous healthy ways to get help and get better. I’m so glad that I had that ‘teachable moment’ many years ago.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Thanks for the update Ken. All is well in central Canada apart from the -20 temperatures.

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 1 month, 1 week ago

    Thank you for your reply. To me it was ground-breaking to accept my addictive behaviour and in turn be able to identify it in others. I can only deal with my own personality and take measures to curb the urges. For me, the self knowledge was a relief and gave me the strength to get into recovery.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    I am a long term member of GA and I have over 15 years of abstinence from gambling. I know that I have an addictive personality. I have attended meetings in many cities in Canada. When I travel and can’t find a meeting, I go online to share with Gamtalk members. It is always available to me and meets my needs for contact with my fellow gamblers.

    • My dad was a gambler. My significant other has also an addictive personality, just not gambling. And I’m also surrounded myself with friends who are addicted to gambling. So I find myself in a new low. Today made me reach out to others who may have struggled

      • Thank you for your reply. To me it was ground-breaking to accept my addictive behaviour and in turn be able to identify it in others. I can only deal with my own personality and take measures to curb the urges. For me, the self knowledge was a relief and gave me the strength to get into recovery.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Also, perhaps a trusted family member could manage your money for you. You can’t do much about Las Vegas except to try to budget your moneys. Start addressing your gambling problem when you get home. Your family probably knows that you gamble.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Online meeting on Friday Ken.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Jacqueline, I suggest that you contact an organization called Gamanon. They help people who are affected by other people’s gambling. Also, depending on where you live, there may be counselling services available through your public health department. You can check our resource list on this website.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    Ken, good morning, is the Friday meeting on this week?

    • Don’t know about this weeks online meeting but the weekly Telephone Conference Call Meeting run by GA US takes place tonight starting at 9PM EST. Number for the site is 712-770-4160; Access code to the room 611704#. All other info is on the website. Drop by and join us. Its a great meeting. I’ll even buy you a cup of coffee

      • Yes I am going to chair an online GA type meeting this Friday September 14th 5 pm est.
        Hope to see some old friends there and hope to see some newcomers.
        Ken L YBIR

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Sorry you had a slip. These things happen. I feel it’s part of the learning curve when in gambling (or any other addiction.) Personally I tried to use the experience to build a stronger recovery the next time. Have you attended Gamblers Anonymous or sought counselling. Please check what is available in your state or province. Some places offer…[Read more]

  • poutine posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Glad to see the updates in the community!

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Great idea to restart the Friday meetings. Your topics are really thought provoking. I feel that, I, as a compulsive gambler benefitted from being provided to ideas that kept my mind working. When at meetings or over coffee with my sponsor people made sure that I had “food for thought.” It kept my enquiring mind busy.

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Welcome to Gamtalk. Yes, there is a way to control gambling behaviours and it involves avoiding any kind of gambling one day at a time. It is a lot of hard work but worth every minute of time spent on recovery. If you are employed, it is usually easy to do financial planning. The financial component can be the easiest to fix. Depending on where…[Read more]

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    It’s great that you have recognized a potential problem for you with your gambling. The “hope” of winning back losses pulls a gambler back to the action. A certain percentage of compulsive gamblers will have a heck of a time understanding that fact. It seems, to me, that you understand what is happening, that is part of the battle. I suggest that…[Read more]

    • Welcome. One week, one month could end up being 15 years or more. Great that you found help so quickly. Very wise!

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 months, 1 week ago

    Congratulations! Milestone birthday coming up!

  • poutine posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    Please see entry posted above.

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 months, 1 week ago

    Thank you for contacting Gamtalk. Our participants may be able to give you some information. We also suggest that you contact Gamanon. They are on the internet. They offer support to people who are affected by someone else’s gambling. Depending on where you live, there also may be public health services or counselling agencies who also have…[Read more]

  • poutine posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 4 months, 1 week ago

    I visited my childhood home yesterday. Toured the area with my siblings and brother in law. I was so fortunate to have spent my early years there. Most of the houses I lived in are still there. It is remarkable that they have survived, but also a testament to the quality of construction techniques of the 1890s. This trip would not have been…[Read more]

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