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It is a reminder of when I first stopped. I went to GA as many times as I could and if I went out anywhere else it was with friends who knew about my problem and we went to places where there were no slots.

I found I needed to be around people as much as possible in the early days – so I had little time to think about things as my head just span. Now it is the opposite and I spend a lot of time alone.

All I can say is that it does get easier as time passes. The links in the brain between getting high on gambling and depressed when not, do loosen.

Keep communicating and letting people know how you feel. It is great that you have self excluded – treat yourself gently over the next few weeks – take good care of yourself and keep in touch.