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      samyse
      Participant

      This all started as a form of enjoyment. Sports betting and small amounts. Something my friends and I could talk about, something to add a little more excitement to the games we love. The problem has never been sports betting. It’s been how easily I transition into online blackjack and casino games. I will exclude myself from sites, only to find another one and allow the cycle to repeat. If I am up, it’s never enough. If I am down, I am always chasing and creating the hole larger and larger. Over the past 14 months I have lost over 35 thousand dollars in online gambling. I have essentially depleted a large amount of savings I have worked hard for and although not completely compromised my life, I have created a significant burden for my actual passions, enjoyment, and fulfillment in the ability to help others. I am hoping talking about this will allow me to move forward as we can not change the past and the mistakes that have been made. I will beat this, we all will.

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      Dunc
      Keymaster

      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.

      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 🙂
      Take care
      The Gambling Therapy Team

      PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    • #199356
      kin
      Participant

      Hi samyse

      I am glad to see you taking the first step to seek help early for your problem instead of living in denial.
      I did not seek help early and my damage was easily more than 20 times the amount you mentioned in sing dollars.

      We suffer from a progressive illness; we are advise not to place the first bet,
      the fist bet leads to the next bet; the betting become more frequent and the bet size grow bigger;
      it will comes to a point where we have lost total control of ourselves;
      We soon realize we could not stop betting despise the serious bad consequences.

      Recovery Slogans:
      – Do the Next Right Thing
      – First Things First
      – One Thing at a Time
      – One Day at a Time

      Stopping is the easy part, staying stop is the difficult part.

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