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    Hi , I have been gambling since i was 16 i am now 20 i place a lot of football and horse racing bets and normally i win on these but then i always lose my wiinings on roulette machines in bookies or online ! I know im addicted i have got over £3000 debt off gambling and i have stole and told lies to fund gambling ! I am sick of it and i need help ! I wish i could just have an occasional bet on the horses but i cant i always gamble every penny and i lost my job over it , I always feel sick and misrebale and i am always worrying and cant sleep . My family know i gamble bad and have a few debts but they dont realise how bad it is ! I am sick of my life and i need help


    ***** Ryan, well done for reaching out for help. I am sorry that you discovered gambling at 16 and have spent the last four years progressively getting worse in your gambling. My advice is to be 100% totally honest with your family about how bad it is (it does help if you can find the courage to do it). It’s not the easiest thing in the world to do but when you can embrace honesty, it really helps recovery. Family and friends can’t begin to help us if we aren’t honest with them.
    I would also strongly recommend you search the meetings list at and find your nearest one. At GA meetings you’ll find ppl of all age/colour/creed/shape/size/gender who just want to stop gambling and they meet up once a week to share experience, strength and hope to help each other stay off a bet. It’s totally anonymous and you get no judgement there, just help and support.
    Really well done on posting here, it’s the first step in what I hope will be a strong recovery and happy new life for you.


    Hi Ryan
    Thank you for posting on the Gambling Therapy forum. As you are a GB resident you are entitled to free online support through the Gamcare website at .
    You could also consider residential treatment which you can find out more about by following the below link:
    Can I suggest that you now copy and paste your post into one of the Gamcare forums where you will receive responses from others in a similar situation to you from all over Great Britain.
    You can also access online or face to face group support through Gamblers Anonymous:
    We wish you well in your recovery.
    Kind Regards
    The Gambling Therapy Team25 year poker player, 25 year Hierarchal fool, 25 year ego boost…  Intellectualisation was my down fall, simplicity was my salvation


    I would strongly suggest residential treatment, i went to gordon ***** and left two months ago, definatly never easy giving up gambling and the journey for me goes on, but its a good place to get help from debt, your gambling addiction, your life and why you are not happy with it, how to change going forward, planning a new life.
    The staff are very supportive the treatment programme is 3 months long, its full of good blokes who provide a good atmosphere amongst one another, im so glad i went!
    regards rossNo regrets, past is the past, the future i can change.

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