27 September 2021 at 7:31 am #139002iwant2quitParticipant
I was very young(don’t really remember my age around 12 years old) when I gambled for my first time. My uncle introduced me to the magnificent world of sports gambling and of course my first bet won. I was too young to understand my uncle’s addiction which led him to a series of bad decisions in his life.
I wasn’t playing too much when i was young, because i didn’t had any money. As soon as i was getting older and having more money i started playing more and more.
At the age of 20 i took a full salary and i was literally spending 60% of my salary in gambling doing that for years. I wasn’t paying my bills and asked help for my mother to pay the bills. I started realizing that there is a problem with gambling that i couldn’t control. I have made several tries to stop gambling, but after having some 1-2 months clear periods, all of a sudden i started playing again.
I’m 26 now and before 7 days i started playing again from a 2 months pause period. I lost all my savings, that i collected to pay the bills that i left unpaid because i was playing. I’ll try again to stop it, but I’m afraid. I’m afraid that i will start playing again and destroy everything i have done. I’m 26 and i am trying to build my future, but i always screw everything, because i start gambling again. When i start gambling, i am aware of what I’m doing, but i can’t stop. i just can’t.
It’s 26th of September and i want to make a new start in my life. I’m afraid, but I’ll will not lose my hope.
27 September 2021 at 7:36 am #139044DuncKeymaster
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….
I’m going to hand you over to our community because I’m sure they will have some words of wisdom for you 🙂
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27 September 2021 at 10:55 am #139055G RecParticipant
Welcome to the forum and well done on taking a positive step starting a Journal and looking for help.
I and I expect most on here can relate to much of your situation including previously gambling a large % of salary, getting in debt, being unable to pay bills, getting loads from family. friends.
On a positive, while it might not seem it now, you are relatively young to recognise your problem at 26, and you have a great chance of turning things around. As Dunc mentioned, there are new members groups on Mondays and Thursdays. I would strongly recommend giving these a go, I found them very useful when I first joined the forum.
Keep posting, I look forward to following your progress.
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