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Originally posted by colleenp51
… am afraid of my future …      and,
… I have no way out of the place that I am. …

Good evening Colleen, my name is Larry and I am a Compulsive Gambler, my last bet was August 13, 2009.  Welcome to GT, it is a place you can find help.  You will also find the friendship of others that have experienced all the things that you have; including hurting and alienating all around us through deceit and lies, and being in a position of having no money to even buy the needed essentials. We have all felt all the same hurt and guilt –  you are not alone in your trouble. 
First, I am pleased that we are about to share birthdays on the 13th, your belly-button birthday (Happy Birthday), and my gambling free one — one year of being gambling free. One year ago I had no future, or like you, I was afraid of the only future I could foresee; I had no way out of the place that compulsive gambling took me. Again like you, I am grateful to God that I found this site; and I am truly thankful for all the help I found here that has brought me to this point.  
You too can make it to this point and carry on even further with a gambling free renewed and better life.  Keep reading the post here and learn from the advice of others; then put what you learn to work for you in making the needed changes in your life.  Follow the guidance in the Serenity Prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.", practice the basic principle "Do Not Gamble For Anything", and set your goal for living gambling free "One Day At A Time".
God’s speed, use your Higher Power to strengthen and guide you.Larry"Day Two Is Another Day Behind" – With the help of a Higher Power, My 3G’s – God, GA, and GT, I will continue to be  gambling free.