23 September 2021 at 1:21 pm #138894samwrParticipant
Hello all. I’m new to this forum and wanted to share a bit about my story.
I’ve read other threads which resonate with me and I think generally there are a lot of similarities between problem gamblers. I’ve known I’ve had a problem for years and I’ve tried to deal with it myself, understand my triggers, change my behaviours, I’ve even admitted it to close friends but I’ve always always pretended that it’s something that I’m capable of fixing myself.
And whilst I have in the past gone a year or a few months without gambling I’ve always relapsed and felt the horrible shame and guilt. Each time I do relapse it feels worse because it’s not just the gambling that I’ve let myself down with, I feel weak that I can’t stick to things that I convinced myself and others that I could.
I had a bad relapse over the weekend in which I lost a lot of money I couldn’t afford to lose and I think for the first time in 10 years I’ve now admitted I need help from others to be able to recover and move forwards. Hence me signing up to this forum. I’m not really sure what to expect from sharing my experiences and talking openly with other gamblers, but clearly nothing I’ve tried on my own has worked.
23 September 2021 at 1:21 pm #138906DuncKeymaster
Hello and thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy forums
Here at Gambling Therapy we pride ourselves on being a caring and diverse online community who can help and support you with the difficulties you’re currently facing. We understand that this might be a tough time for you, particularly if you’re new to recovery, so come here as often as you need to and participate in the forums, access online groups and connect to the live advice helpline if you need one to one support. We’re in this together!
Here on the forum you can share your experiences in a safe, supportive and accepting environment. The beauty of writing it all down is that you can take your time and you will be creating a record of your progress that you can look back on if it ever feels like you’re not moving forward. So, share as much or as little as you like but do try to stick to keeping just one thread in this forum so people know where to find you if they want to be updated on your progress or share something with you.
As well as the forums New Members are invited to join Charles in the New Members Practical Advice Group On Mondays at 21:00 (UK) and Thursday at 19:00(UK)
And on that note….
I’m going to hand you over to our community because I’m sure they will have some words of wisdom for you 🙂
The Gambling Therapy Team
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