Hello everyone, I’m 25 and the last 2 years have been consumed with gambling. It’s come to the point where I’m missing bills, lying about how much I’ve lost, and changing my moods from anger to sadness to frustration to depression to hating myself. It’s got to stop. I’m new to this addiction. I want to take care of it now rather than put it off and hope it goes away. I don’t want to end up like my father who lost everything to this, his wife, his home, and finally bankruptcy. I want to fix myself to show my dad that it can be done. I’ll lead by example. No more gambling! Thanks for your support in this.
I decided to quit when I was 25. And when I was 26, 27, 28, etc. Always after tremendous losses and always soon forgotten. I guess I decided that since I had the shovel already in hand and the hole could still be dug, that my bottom wasn’t yet attained. I was correct.
20 years, a couple of hundred thousand dollars, a suicide attempt and incarceration later, I woke up and realized that all those horror stories I’d heard from those ‘loser’ compulsive gamblers (that didn’t pertain to me since I actually won often ***** when I gambled), actually did pertain to me and I was the epitome of a compulsive gambler.
It’s fortunate that you’ve accepted and realized that gambling is destructive at such a young age. Cherish this gift and don’t forget it.
We’re here for you, on this forum. At any time, feel free to share your recovery experience with us, both the ups and downs. Your recovery story also helps us with ours, as you’ll come to understand.