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    Hunter
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    I’ve had a compulsive gambling problem for the past 2 years. I am well aware of it and I know it’s a serious problem yet I keep gambling (casino or scratch’s off) 3 sometimes 7 days a week. I desperately want to stop and I need help. I’m in sales, I’m a top earner in the company but I am living paycheck to paycheck and barely getting by. Last year I made $134,000 and have nothing to show for it besides negative bank accounts.

    I only pay bills when I am forced to (ie if shut off notice comes in mail) and I have overdrafted all of my checking accounts and I cannot even open a new normal checking account!
    My paycheck from 3 days ago was $6200 and the only bill I paid was for preschool/Nanny for my 4 year old ($700). I’ve been to the casino everyday and the only thing I have left is a $5 scratch off sitting in the car.

    (Also, my significant other knows I have a problem, he asked me today if I’ve been to the casino and I lied and said no)

    I do not want to live like this anymore. I do not even have gas money to make it back and fourth to work everyday unitl next paycheck in 2 weeks. We are flat broke for the next 2 weeks. I’m sure I could find someone to borrow money from but a. I’ve read that only delays recovery and b. I’m just too embarrassed to ask anyone for money.
    So now what?

    #7971
    Unlucky
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    I see it’s been months since your post , I wonder did you get help . I’m in a similar situation , and just revealed to my husband that I have a problem . My insurance is about to be cancelled my car note unpaid , I told my landlord if pay next paycheck . All I bought was groceries then I spent the rest of both my husband and my paycheck . I make good money too , nothing to show last year we moved from Maryland to Florida when I got us evicted for not paying rent . I read casinos were illegal here . Come to find out tribal casinos are not and. Ow I drive about 4 hrs each way to give up all my money , I won a lot , but I give it all back . The casino always makes sure I have a free room and comp dollars for food . I hope I can stay away , but I’m already thinking of how I can sneak back now that I’ve confessed to my husband and 16 he old daughter I have a problem , I even told him I’ve been lying and telling g him I’ve been at work and driving to the casino instead . This is easy because I work 12 hr shifts overnight as a nurse and he works during the day . So while he is asleep I’m gambling and while he is at work I come home before he gets home . Too easy . So easy that I’m thinking about it right now . Except my bank account is negative and I gave him all the cash we had yesterday for safe keeping when I confessed . I swear if it weren’t for that I’d probably say i was picking up an extra shift and be on that drive . I always think I’m going to leave with enough money to fix out problems . He thinks we have not money because I’ve been paying an 1100 student loan payment , which I haven’t paid in 2 years input it in deferment which ended in February so there’s that too …

    #7972
    charles
    Moderator

    Hi Unlucky and welcome to the site. We aren’t “unlucky” though, we are addicted. We can make the choice to not place that next bet though. I hope you start your own thread in the My Journal Forum. it is the most used forum and you can get a lot of support and feedback there.

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