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    Hello. I’ve been gambling for a year now. I’m in debt and that puts me in fear. So then I try and win more.  My mom completely puts me down sometimes passive aggressively.  She thinks I can just stop like that. And just sits there and goes on and on. I need help and people to relate and talk to. I’m at the end and can’t go on this way. I have a son who needs me and I’m barely hanging on. Please help. I feel worthless,  ashamed , and guilty. I feel like I’m in a hole and can’t get out. 


    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.

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    And on that note….

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    Hi, I have been gambling for years!!! Stopped a while then gone back to it!!! You do not have to be ashamed or feel bad! As a compulsive gambler, I understand you more than none gambling addicts!
    This is my day 1. I have decided I can not gamble anymore as my life is destroyed!! Lost wife, lost friends, lied to people…. But, the TIME has come to STOP it completely!!!! I am 38 years old, but I feel like a 70 yo!!! I have no energy left!!! Gambling is the worst hidden illness sweeping up the vulnerable society.

    Unless you are a compulsive gambler, nobody will care about you!!! Including the politicians who are cashing in from gambling platforms


    You aren’t alone. Gambling is just a lonely habit because we try to hide it. You aren’t worthless, losing money just makes us feel worthless.

    I suggest finding a friend or loved one you can open up to, who can help you with your journey towards recovery. Also, joining the chat groups here may be of help to you as well.


    I totally agree it’s about surrounding yourself with people who won’t judge and will just listen! It’s not easy I’ve been trying to restrict my gambling and have had periods of success but now it’s time to stop! Talking is the best medicine and once you’ve opened up about it you can truly begin to change! 

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