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Originally posted by have2change

Ok, so this is my first post. …
… It’s been three days since my last bet. I intend to make it my last. …

Good morning Have2, my name is Larry and I am a Compulsive Gambler, my last bet was August 13, 2009.  I would like to add my welcome to you to the GT community, it is a place you can find help and the encouragement that you are looking for.  You will also find the friendship of others that have experienced all the things that you have and have felt all the same hurt and guilt –  you are not alone in your trouble.
Well done one the gambling free time that you have accumulated, and on your time in recovery; if your work at it and do not waver in your resolve, these days will remain equal and you can continue to not gamble when you get more funds and when yous son has gone home.
Use the time that your compulsive gambling has given you by taking all from you to set up barriers and to begin working on making changes in your life. This time that you now have is the only good thing that gambling has given you in the past 10 months, and perhaps in the past 15 years when you weigh things out.  When we are down and out is the best time to start straightening out our lives, when thing are going a little better we will not have the "have2change" feeling.
During your vacation time with your son you do not have to spend money to enjoy being together; you can not buy a bond with him at any cost anyway, even it it wold only be an attempt to strengthen an existing one. Enjoy your time together, there is nature to see and free cultural events that are available in most areas. You might have to park a few blocks away on the streets to not pay parking or have to not eat in the food courts, but families do enjoy each other every day without spending a cent.
Keep coming back, make your first post the first of many; keep your last bet your very last bet.
God’s speed, use your Higher Power to strengthen and guide you.  Enjoy the time with your son and be grateful that you addiction has not taken him away from you; and be aware that it can happen, money loss is not the only consequence of compulsive gambling — it can take all that is of any value to us.

"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.– 8/18/2010 1:30:20 PM: post edited by paul315.