• tara posted a new activity comment 3 days, 1 hour ago

    I hear you. It’s a totally druglike addiction and needs to be handled as such. If I think too far ahead I scare myself. Hope you are well today. odaat tara

  • tara posted a new activity comment 1 week ago

    You know that your are ready and strong!

  • tara posted a new activity comment 1 week, 3 days ago

    4months slot free

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    My date for abstaining from slots in about 4 months not 5, as I just recalculated. Yep. Gambling creates a fog out/blurrrring of details. Now I remember. tara

  • tara posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 3 days ago

    Hey Ken, I found it! By Melody Beattie : Sometimes, to get from where we are to where we are going, we have to be willing to be in-between.

    One of the hardest parts of recovery is the concept of letting go of what is old and familiar, and what we don’t want, and being willing to stand with our hands empty while we wait for God to fill t…[Read more]

    • Thanks Tara for sharing this. So true and I can definitely relate. I am learning to be comfortable with being in the between place myself and accept that my life had become unmanageable due to gambling. I have abstained from slots for 6 weeks now and I have to say being in the between place in my journey so far is actually way better than where I…[Read more]

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

    Nothing is open except for gas stations. I wanted some dessert and was contemplating a choc. bar. First of all , I’m a bit embarrassed to go into those place where they expect me to buy scratchers because I went in so many times. Second of all, I don’t want to challenge myself today by going into a venue where scratchers are available… nope,…[Read more]

    • Thank you for showing how to walk yourself around an urge for chocolate and scratch tickets. Excellent lesson on how to help deal with those pesky urges. Happy New Year Tara.

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

    I so much appreciate your words. <3

  • tara posted a new activity comment 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    p.s. I do not have a handle on gambling in any form. I’m focusing on holding onto recovery.

    • No recovery journey is smooth, there are always a few bumps along the way, be proud of the steps you have already taken and the goals you have set for yourself. Slow and steady one foot in front of the other. You got this 🙂

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

    Hello. This is Tara with a brief check in. All is pretty well. In August I had 3 months then went to a casino aand stopped coming here to gamtalk. Lost enough money in that one trip , that’s for sure. Since then I’ve purchased scratchers consistantly and I spent alot on them 2 or 3 times which was scarey. So I’ve got about 4 months in casino…[Read more]

    • p.s. I do not have a handle on gambling in any form. I’m focusing on holding onto recovery.

      • No recovery journey is smooth, there are always a few bumps along the way, be proud of the steps you have already taken and the goals you have set for yourself. Slow and steady one foot in front of the other. You got this 🙂

    • Tara, every day that you don’t gamble is a major accomplishment and you should be proud of yourself. Recovery is one of the most difficult things I have done in my life and it is also one of the most rewarding. I am not sure what state you are in, but you should check to see if your state offers assistance for compulsive gamblers. I live in C…[Read more]

  • tara posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Welcome and sorry. People are in chat sometimes. You have to keep trying.

    • I’ve been there. Every time I’ve vowed to stop and look back at that failed attempt I would have better off at that point. The sooner you stop the better

  • tara posted a new activity comment 5 months, 1 week ago

    right on Lisa! Let’s take back our sense about our hard earned money and leave this sh*t behind us.

  • tara posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    I wonder how many others can relate to this post. I certainly can. For me , cg, was all about trauma and pain. Unfortunately, the addiction only increases the trauma and pain creating a whole new layer on top of the things we can not seem to deal with.

  • tara posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Gabor Mate says, “Don’t ask the question ‘why the addictions,’. “Rather ask, why the pain?”

    • I wonder how many others can relate to this post. I certainly can. For me , cg, was all about trauma and pain. Unfortunately, the addiction only increases the trauma and pain creating a whole new layer on top of the things we can not seem to deal with.

  • tara posted an update 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Walk a Mile in These Shoes
    Compassion, or the feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for someone stricken by misfortune, is a vital ingredient in overcoming addiction – yet so few ever receive it.

    Even though substance abuse has consistently been proven to be a disease, it fails to receive the compassion, sympathy and support that all other d…[Read more]

    • Gabor Mate says, “Don’t ask the question ‘why the addictions,’. “Rather ask, why the pain?”

      • I wonder how many others can relate to this post. I certainly can. For me , cg, was all about trauma and pain. Unfortunately, the addiction only increases the trauma and pain creating a whole new layer on top of the things we can not seem to deal with.

    • So true.

  • tara posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Bobby thx. so much for your honest sharing. I am also a compulsive gambler who is now taking it day by day . You are right! Gambling will take us day by day. So we take the rope of the hope of recovery day by day or one day at a time… I’m trying. You can do this! I hope that you will: Call a hot line (I’ve done it many times it really…[Read more]

    • Thank you Tara. you reply meant a lot. Yes it is hell, a living hell and people do not understand. This is adiction beyond anybody imagination. I just want a simple life, like millions of other people. I want to live within my means and struggle and come home, enjoy my family life, struggle with stuff but look forward to overcome them. But choose…[Read more]

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

    Present!

  • tara posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

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

  • tara posted an update 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Having compulsively gambled for nearly 15 years ( I lost count) I ‘ll be feeling like a fish out of water for a long time odaat. When ever I get some space from my last time out ( to the slot zone) I have to face a different reality. Just for today, I’m here , grateful and trying to be with what is and take baby steps to shift things in my life…[Read more]

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

    Please self exclude from all casinos possible and do it for the lifetime option. Over time , this will be like training wheels for all those who go to casinos to gamble.

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

    When ever I get just so far in my gf days of recovery , real life issues start sprouting. Recovery , like a garden sprouts many things and for me I’ve got to tend to that garden because it’s not just potential flowers or nourishing veg. This garden needs to be tended, watered and weeded, fed, even enjoyed and adored. To speak more clearly, let…[Read more]

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