• time4happy posted an update in the group Group logo of CommunityCommunity 1 week, 4 days ago

    Has anyone found that they can stop going to the casino without attending GA? I attended a meeting a few months ago and it felt so wrong for some reason. Hard to explain but I felt so uncomfortable and out of place. Is that a normal reaction? Can I do this successfully on my own?

    • Most can not recover from compulsive gambling on their own. But there are other resources to piece together for yourself besides the full on GA meetings. It could take even more ‘work’ to find the connections but it’s worth the time and effort. I have found that I’ve got to ‘work’ this recovery. Self exclusions from casinos with the ‘lifetime exclusion’ choice are a must for me. Put lots of effort into your search for and involvement in ‘what ever’ recovery resources you can find. odaat

      • There are other recovery groups that do not have a specific addiction focus such as smart recovery/ life ring/ celebrate recovery/ dharma punks/ etc. Youtube videos, workbooks, counseling , online sites like this, other 12 step programs such as Codependents anon. ( both online and in person), problem gamblers hotlines…

        • My experience has been that it is very hard to recover on our own.
          Before you write off GA completely try some more meetings and try to be open minded. In my room we offer new members the GA refund policy’.We ask the new member to give us their pain and misery attend meetings and not gamble for 90 days. And if after the 90 days they aren’t happier then when they came into GA we will give them back their pain and misery.
          Most don’t ask for the refund and stick around.