1 January 2022 at 8:27 pm #146198low-lifeParticipant
Why do I give up gambling for months and then my brain tricks me to think it’s safe to try a few quid and then I lose everything I got
1 January 2022 at 9:20 pm #146201Cruising247Participant
Speaking from experience, I have tried a few times. 50 plus days ago, I decided I “really” wanted to stop losing all my money.
It’s scary knowing that I could slip any day, but I just take it “one day at a time” and check in on my journal page even when I have nothing to talk about.
Never stop trying…. You got this!
2 January 2022 at 3:41 pm #146222low-lifeParticipant
3 January 2022 at 7:26 pm #146265charlesModerator
Hello and thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy forums. By posting to the forums you’re allowing the diverse and caring Gambling Therapy community to help support you through the difficulties you’re facing.
This may well be a tough time for you – particularly if you’re new to recovery, so we encourage you to post here as often as you need to, as well as making use of the online groups and the live advice helpline if you’d like some one-to-one support. We’re all in this together! If you’re a new member, you are warmly invited to join Charles in one of the New Members Practical Advice groups (Mondays at 21:00 UK Time and Thursdays at 19:00 UK Time).
The forum is a great place to share your experiences in a safe, supportive and accepting environment. By writing it all down you can start to build a record of your progress that you can look back on – particularly useful if you’re ever feeling stuck. Share as much or as little as you like – but you’re encouraged to stick to keeping to just one thread in this forum – so people know where to find you to check in on your progress or to share something with you.
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3 January 2022 at 7:29 pm #146266charlesModerator
The short answer to your question is because it’s an addction. Once we have crossed the line into compulsive gambling there is no going back to “normal” gambling no matter how long a break from it we have.
I’m seing some god news here though – you already know you can “give up gambling for months.” This time though use that time to get some barriers in place, to get into the routine of using support, whetehr that is here or anywhre else. Then keep up that routine to help maintian recovery. This time you can give up gambling for months and then still be using support, still have barriers in place and be a lot less likely to return to it.
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