4 August 2010 at 7:08 pm #16890sasapapacParticipant
hi there im now at my wits end losing all my money in the roulette machines in the bookmakers. Is it possible to go on a 7 year losing streak ?? thats exactly whats happened to me i cant remember wiining anything on these machines in all these years. I love a little bet on football and often win a few pound but when i go to collect it i put it in roulette machine!! when will this end?? if u can possibly help me im new to this site and dont know what to do. just 1 hour ago i spent my money i needed to last me for a week why do i keep doing this ????
only live once– 04/08/2010 19:18:49: post edited by sasapapac.
4 August 2010 at 7:14 pm #16891
Good thing you have come here, it shows that you are wanting help. The good news is a gamble free life is possible, i think we just have to learn it.. there are things you can put in place to help yourself.. Dont carry much money on you, dont carry credit cards, ban from places where you can. Go to GA if one near you, read on this site and post on a regular basis. Think of only doing things one day at a time.. just for today dont gamble. You can get through even if its hour by hour. When an urge to gamble strikes start doing something else, urges will eventually pass.. no matter how strong they feel. There are lots of us here who are non judgemental, how can we judge? we are all in the same boat and were where you are now.. the good thing is there is hope, it can be done, there are people who are years gamble free now. Keep coming here, maybe talk to someone on the one on one line, and join group chats.
Keep coming back
P – Living and Learning
4 August 2010 at 7:21 pm #16892sasapapacParticipant
thanks for info im going to stop this i have to, i have a home, fiance, car , dog and a loving family and im ***** to them incase i lose them . i already done this gambling before now ive started bad again. i actualy feel like im going to damage something or someone when i lose my money and come out of the bookmakers and im a very humbble and nice person . thanks for your postawrite mate
4 August 2010 at 7:40 pm #16893pepe9494Participant
hi sasapapac had my time on those machienes so i know what your saying,just wanted to let you know you got my support.they are just pure evil.take care pepegods speed
5 August 2010 at 2:13 pm #16894paul315Participant
Originally posted by sasapapac
… when will this end?? …
Good morning Sasa, welcome to GT. My name is Larry and I am a compulsive Gambler, my last bet was August 13, 2009.
You ask, ‘when will this end??", I can’t say that my addiction ended on the 13th, this was only my "clean date", and the first day of a series of gambling free days to follow; this addiction can not be cured but can be ******** as it has been in my and other lives. So the answer to the first question mark is that the addiction will not end, it will remain. And, as you have already found in your past efforts to stop only to return in a bad way, it will actually grow if you let it — compulsive gambling is a progressive disease.
The answer to the other "?" of your question when, is: This, the control gambling has over your life, will end when you stop giving in to the urges that drive you to gamble; when you choose not to gambling for just one day; and during that time begin working on changes in your life the trigger the urges. Then on the next day, and the ones following that one, say no again and continue working on the needed changes in your character.
Doing this is not an easy or automatic task; but, with an acceptance that you are powerless over gambling – that your life has become unmanageable; a belief that a Power greater than you can restore you to a normal way of thinking and living — restore you to the humble and nice person that you are; plus, the openmindedness and willingness to turn over your limited will power to such a Higher Power, you will be able to end the control. These conditions are part of the steps in the Gamblers Anonymous 12 Step Program, but are steps needed to be taken in order to arrest this addiction no mater which recovery program you choose to follow. Following basic principals to change your life will change how you respond to any urges to gamble; and will in fact, greatly reduce those urges and help remove or weaken the triggers that drives you to gamble, making living a gambling free life obtainable.
During this time there are barriers you can put in place to limit access to any funds available, and to restrict the opportunities and places to gamble. Reading the post here and participating in the different Groups and chat rooms will give you ideas on how to apply these needed barriers and encouragement to follow through with these options and with your recovery program. You are not alone in your troubles, you will find help and friendship here — we have all experiences the same regrets and remorse.
God’s speed, use your Higher Power to guide and strengthen you.Larry"Day Two Is Another Day Behind" – With the help of a Higher Power, My 3G’s – God, GA, and GT, I will continue to be gambling free.
5 August 2010 at 3:19 pm #16895AnonymousGuest
Welcome to the forum. I believe that no form of gambling is any good for a CG, including a little footy bet but these machines are like the heroin of gambling and they should be banned. I remember those feeling you talk about, it felt like the machine was ********** against and had it in for me and I also remember walking out the bookies after a bad loss with as straight a face as I could manage but inside I was going beserk and really wanted to smash the nearest thing up.
You have been given some great advice already and I agree with what P says, there are plenty of barriers you can put in place to stop yourself when the urges are great. I know you say you like a little football bet but if you have a problem and believe you are a CG you cannot have a bet of any kind otherwise you will keep going round in circles, you have to stop all forms of gambling.
Take some real action today and things will get better day by day.
CarlMy soul is back
5 August 2010 at 5:05 pm #16896colin in brumParticipant
Hi Sasapapac and welcome to the forum. Im sure you will be reading a lot you will relate to on the other threads here. You will also be reading the success stories – what are they doing that you can apply to your own situation?
why do you keep doing it? Well it sounds like you are a Compulsive Gambler, thats the reason. Check out the 20 questions they have on the GA site and you will see what i mean. You could alos find the address of your local meeting while you are there. Keep posting and let us klnow what positive steps you are taking. Fandangos is right, it’s that "little football" bet which gets you in the bookies and is causing the problem. It’s important to avoid ALL forms of gambling. keep posting.
5 August 2010 at 11:34 pm #16897
Just seeing how you are going today.. hope you are going well
P – Living and Learning
11 August 2010 at 11:00 pm #16898
Are you still out there reading, i hope so, come back and tell us how you are doing
P – Living and Learning
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