10 July 2023 at 5:03 pm #178641marie4Participant
Hi, this is my first time here, I’ve registered today, before it gets out of hand, its already affecting me, around ten years ago I was gambling pretty bad, all online, slot machines, I got into debt around £7,000 I managed to pay it all off and have since bought a home with my partner, he doesn’t know about my gambling, around four years ago I had a go on a site lost around £1,000 and realized what I was doing and joined GameStop, which helped, but then around three weeks ago a site came up on my phone and I joined, it wasn’t part of GameStop so I was in, I played the same slot over and over and one point I was £2,000 up and requested a withdrawal, but before it was processed I played it all away, I am not down around £3,000 over the last three weeks, and I cant stop thinking about that money, I need to stop before my partner finds out, before I ruin everything before I am in debt. I am a 39 year old woman who enjoys the finer things so why am I doing this??
10 July 2023 at 5:19 pm #178655zoyaModerator
Hello and thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy forums.
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10 July 2023 at 5:44 pm #178657zoyaModerator
It is good that you joined our forum and we hope you will find support here.
Regarding your gambling problem – have you considered talking to your partner? I know it can be difficult, but if you tell him it will be harder for you to gamble and hide it from him.
You can also try to answer your own question, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Sometimes, it helps to take a step back from a specific experience and reflect on it.
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