18 April 2023 at 11:20 am #175000
I have been a compulsive slot player for more than 12 years. I am at rock bottom. I lost my parents in January. My mother to dementia, my father because he felt like it. (I guess). He died on the morning of her funeral of pneumonia. He was hospitalized, a few hours later he died. He was verbally and psychologically abusive. I lost my job in November. I couldn’t cope with additional work and having to take care of my mother and my father. I was alone, without help. My whole life is a cycle of abuse. No one ever cared for me, I was always being exploited either at work (got triple the amount of work) or at home. I’m single and alone. The little savings I had went into paying both my parents funerals. My sister didn’t volunteer.
I repeat this familiar traumatizing cycle by traumatizing myself further through gambling. I feel slightly suicidal. I inherited some property, I’m pennyless, however not broke. I should be able to continue living but I’m severly depressed and demotivated.
19 April 2023 at 7:22 am #175320
Felt horrible yesterday. I hope today for a less anxious day. One day at a time.
19 April 2023 at 9:47 am #175324
Just got a tutoring gig for today. I’ll make 30 euros. I’ll deposit the money into my overdrafted account as soon as I recieve it. I also self-excluded from my online gambling account yesterday. I still feel overwhelmed, desperate, depressed and burned out. I also feel paralyzed.
I have never been the type of person to not think ahead. This makes living a day at a time very anxiety provoking. But there is nothing I can do. I must think of only today and have hope.
19 April 2023 at 8:09 pm #175360
It’s 9 pm, I made it through the day and pocketed some money. I still feel awful and depressed. My mother passed this January and so did my father. I lost my job after 18.5 years of hard work. I have nobody and nobody ever offered to help me. It was always me taking care of other people’s needs. Now I’m alone. I’m so used to no one ever caring. I can’t say I’m a wasted life since I did care for my mother with dementia till her dying breath and my father who wasn’t the easiest and best of people.
I’m not gambling and have no wish to. I self-excluded, so I wouldn’t be able to either.
My wish for tomorrow is for God to lead me out of this mental state I’m in, to give me the energy and motivation I need to start job hunting and to fill me with hope.
Dear God, give me the strenght to send out a few resumes tomorrow. That’s all I ask.
20 April 2023 at 5:49 am #175375
Was able to sleep only 6 hours. Good thing is I got another tutoring gig for today and will make 45 euros if all goes well. I am extremely anxious. Tonight I am having reoccuring thoughts of the wickedness of my sister with whom I now share property. I have cut all contact and do not wish to have her in my life. Unfortunately, I now share inheritence issues with her. She would love to know about my problem and she already has some insight into it. Back in the days when I didn’t fully understand my father and who he was, I made the mistake of coming to him for help and support. Turns out he told every neighbour. In my immediate family, which now includes two other living cousins and an aunt, I was the youngest and a late child. I never got to be the baby of the family, rather, I became the one to fix everyone’s problems. Somewhere down the line, I broke and became a compulsive gambler. Should I have told everyone “no”? Yes, but I was too young to know better. I’m sharing my thoughts because I blame myself and am unable to treat myself with kidness. The fact of the matter was, I had an abusive father, and a mother that needed protection. I couldn’t bare to leave her at his mercy, so I stayed in a shitty job, lived on the third floor of my parent’s house and spent my free time being hyper-intunned and hyper-vigilant to every sound should I hear some type of commotion downstairs or a full blown rage attack that I needed to come down and resolve. For someone going through this day in day out, I would have sympath and gentleness. But not for myself.
20 April 2023 at 6:00 am #175376
I’m going to try to get some sleep now, so I can excel at my tutoring job and earn the 45 euros. I had 30 come in yesterday, have 45 planned for today and 35 euros for tomorrow. 110 euros in three days is not bad. I trust God will provide. With this thought, I’m going to try and sleep now.
20 April 2023 at 12:35 pm #175385
Another day of extreme worry, fatigue and demotivation. I don’t understand myself, I’m pennyless but my assets are worth 10 x my debt. Still, I’m paralyzed with worry! It’s worry, dread, worry, dread…all day, all night!
20 April 2023 at 3:39 pm #175352rami92Participant
There’s a long way to go.
We must walk through and without looking back (easier said than done).
Anxiety levels are decreasing little by little. They will flourish in the most uncomfortable hours. Not letting them completely dominate you will be a challenging task.
A few hours ago I was not knowing where to put myself, what to do. Now at least I can “rationalize” what happened.
20 April 2023 at 8:33 pm #175406
Yes, I’m on a very long and narrow road.
Today is my day 3 of being gamble free. I heard someone once say “if you can make it 3 days, you can make it 14 days, and if you can make it 14 days, you can make it 28, and if you can make it 28, you can make it a year.” So…kudos to me to for day 3, I guess.
Unfortunately, my anxiety is insane but I made 45 euros today and immediately deposited them into my account which is in overdraft. I have the same amount of tutoring jobs lined up for Saturday too, so I will continue to trust in God that he WILL provide for me.
21 April 2023 at 9:56 am #175424
Woke up feeling slightly better. The antidepressants I’ve been given by my therapist seem to be working. This is my third try with various medication. Started thinking about moving and starting my life anew at a different place and country. Somewhere where there is more sun and less winter. Somewhere less stressful, more friendly and peaceful. That’s a nice thought right now. I’ve inherited assets and I just might be able to pull it off. I’m 44 so still young enough. Meanwhile, I do need cash right now. I do have some tutoring work today and tomorrow. Pray to God there will be more.
21 April 2023 at 6:43 pm #175411homie97Participant
I did gamble with 5000$ in the last 3 months i can’t handle that i lost them all, i even look back and remember that i could have walked away with money but i chose to continue, it is like you are blacked out when you start chasing loses
21 April 2023 at 8:16 pm #175447
The best advice I got concerning losses is to write them off as bad investments. A part of life. Start remembering the event as though you bought a car delearship or a kiosk or anything which you though was going to flourish but instead it went downhill. It’s much easier to let go. It was a buisness transaction that went wrong and that’s all. Forget about it. The money is really the easiest thing to let go of. It’s the escapism and changing the way we handle anxiety, sensitivity, worry and uncertainty which is the hard part.
My day 4 was slightly better than my previous 3 days. I had lots of feelings of shame and guilt. I don’t know which is worse, when the worry hits or when the shame and guilt hits. I seem to be stuck in these three emotions. I did have a feeling of positivity arise today when thinking of selling some assets and moving location and country.
I also worked today and earned my 35 euros. I work tutoring jobs now. Tomorrow I have 45 euros worth of tutoring work. God is obviously providing for me, I thank him for it and, please God, don’t stop and forget about me.
22 April 2023 at 7:19 am #175467marcusmaximusParticipant
I get what you are saying completely. We have to write the money off as if it was a bad investment.
The way I am trying to look at it is that I spent all my money on a big trip away. The trip was a real disappointment, I saw some crazy stuff but I learnt things about myself. Now I have come back and have to rebuild things. But to be much better than I was before.
I am on day 26, similar to you I flip between worry about how to manage still and feelings of frustration, anger, remorse, stupidity of why, why, why?
Now I have built up a bit of money in my account again but I know that has to see me through to pay the essentials. In time I can have a good life, but it must be gamble free.
Things can get worse if we continue to gamble. There is a better life out there. Looking at the reasons why we gambled is a big thing and replacing those thoughts, urges etc.
For me I am trying to involve myself in former interests and some new ones, trying to expand my social activity.
I think I gambled for differing reasons. Firstly out of boredom, seeking some excitement, maybe frustration at things that had happened during the day, feelings of little self worth. Secondly and the more devastating was chasing losses.
So now I am trying to do things to improve how I feel about myself. Fitness activities again, eating better again and cutting right back on drinking and smoking. I am engaging in learning a new language to try occupy my mind.
We can rebuild things, we can actually be a better version of ourselves in time, but only if we stay gamble free.
Best wishes, stay positive that this can be done.
22 April 2023 at 5:32 pm #175488
Feel awful today. The stress, worry and anxiety is too much for me. Looking back, this is how I always thought I would end up. Being the youngest and having two difficult parents whose apsurd emotional needs I always had to cater to whilst no one ever cared for me, I’m not sure I ever stood a chance. If I wasn’t such a sensitive child and now a sensitive adult, things could have been different for me. I might have had enough ego and self-care to break off and become something. I might have had enough love for myself to find a partner and enough love for myself to say “no” to gambling. I feel so horrible today and want to die. I’m a person who worries way too much. Even if down the rabbit whole, no one should worry so much. So what if my creditors call me tomorrow? So what if I can’t make their payments? Why must I worry so much??
22 April 2023 at 11:13 pm #175503
End od day 6. I have no desire to gamble whatsoever. My only desire is to live a normal life but I’m afraid it might be too late. I’m so messed up right now. Feeling very inadequate and worthless. I pray that God gives me a better day tomorrow. That I find feelings of hope and positivity and the motivation and energy to seek a new job.
23 April 2023 at 4:07 pm #175525
Dealing with a ton of anxiety. Have been trying to rest a bit but can’t. Both my friend and my therapist keep on telling me I have a lot happening at once and that “all this too shall pass”.
24 April 2023 at 9:28 pm #175566
End of day 8
Woke up today immediately anxious but then decided to nip my anxiety in the bud. I got out of bed and worked on updating my resume the entire day. Worked three tutoring lessons too. Earned 30 euros. Even went for a haircut, an action long overdue. In all, I spent a full day working. Need to finish updating my resume tomorrow and start sending it out. Also need to keep my focus on finding a job. Focusing on the goal is the key. Stay focused, focused, focused! I thought about asking a friend to lend me some money, but feel bad about that, so I didn’t do it. I don’t owe friends any money, never borrowed from anyone. Now I am going to rest, giving my worries to God and asking him to provide for me until I get back on my feet. One day at a time is all I got.
25 April 2023 at 7:36 pm #175606
As it turns out, I’m not yet ready to give in without a fight. Worked all day today updating my resume, applied for two jobs. Feeling more energetic and hopeful. I must stay focused with my mind on the goal. Something must open up for me. I have been used and misused so much throught my life by my family and previous workplace, I trust God will work some miracle for me.
Day 9, had no urges to gamble, did think about slot machines once.
I believe, I must go through this rough period as not to gamble ever again.
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27 April 2023 at 9:38 pm #175725
End of day 11. A little depressed and anxious today, but stayed productive. Earned 30 euros and got in touch with a job recruiter. Feel kind of bad that I might need to work jobs way beneath my education and skill level. I guess every job is an honest job. Unless something else turns up for the summer, the job will only server for money and only for 2-3 months. Tbh, I don’t feel like being pushed around by high school graduduates while 5 years went into my master’s degree and 17 years into work experience. But I have no family and no job and tutoring only goes as far as the end of the school year. I don’t mean to be snobish but there is so much bullying im the workforce right now, and out of experience the more educated I am the more bullied I get.
29 April 2023 at 6:10 pm #175801
No gambling. Feeling severely anxious. Got declined for a job application. At least they took the time to answer. I hope I won’t recieve one decline after another. My tutoring job is also in turmoil. All the kids I tutor have the flu or cancelling their lessons for one reason or a another. This is the greatest test I have been through my entire life: no steady job, no savings, both my parents deceased, huge inflation and depression. I have been bullied on my previous workplace, I survived 17 years of it. I couldn’t endure it another day longer so I quit. Fast forwards two months, my parents both died. I now beat myself up for leaving my job. It’s easy to look at the situation from today’s stand point, but at the time I had an ill mother to take care of, an abusive father. I was alone in all of it. I just couldn’t handle any of it anymore. And I gambled for escape, no winnings to lift me up. I crashed and burned out.
1 May 2023 at 11:28 am #175886
So on my day 14 I relapsed and lost all my bill money. I borrowed the money, I didn’t even earn it. It was my survival money. I will try to sleep now. I don’t think I will be able to make it. I’m depressed day in, day out. Severely anxious and I can’t go on. I wish I was never born.
2 May 2023 at 9:45 pm #175970
So today is my day 1 again. I excluded from the last casino where I could play. A friend loaned me some money today, she came out of the blue. I’m so grateful. Tomorrow, I’m paying all my bills with the money. Hopefully I’ve learned my lesson.
If I could make it 14 days, I can make it 28. Technically my relapse was only 3 hours so I had already put some gamble free time into my recovery.
3 May 2023 at 9:27 pm #176019
Another gamble day gone by. I recieved a tax return today I hadn’t expected. Wow! I couldn’t believe it. Unexpected money. Today I’m gamble free, paid some bills and still have money im my account. It isn’t much but it’s very motivating!
6 May 2023 at 5:18 pm #176136
Checking in three days later…
Still gamble free with some money im my pockets. Largely due to being unable to gamble as I have excluded myself from all online casinos in my country.
Still extremely worried about my future and depressed. I feel like I’m never going to find a new job.
9 May 2023 at 7:46 pm #176289
With the exception of one relapse, today is my day 22 without gambling. A high number for me.
How do I feel? Since I’m without a steady income anxious and afraid but happy the little money I have is not being given away to casino lords. I will never approve of the industry. It’s made to wreck lives and steal money.
11 May 2023 at 9:31 pm #176420
Wow, two days since my last post! I’m pleased to say I’m feeling slightly better. The reason is I haven’t been gambling and for the first time in ages have control over my finances. My tutoring job is doing well, I’m pocketing some money. Have 50 to earn tomorrow, another 65 on Saturday and another 60 on Monday! Doing well!
14 May 2023 at 8:58 pm #176556
One relapse but 27 days free of gambling.
Still feeling low due to other stressors in life. Feel a little less anxious.
16 May 2023 at 9:41 pm #176648
27 May 2023 at 10:23 am #177005
Another 10 days gamble free.
20 June 2023 at 3:09 pm #177931CraigMac6Participant
Thanks for sharing your story. Aside from the gambling, I think one of the biggest steps you can take is starting to love yourself. Your life is worth living. You will not always be alone, you will find people that care for you and want to see you do well. However, I truly believe until we love ourselves and treat ourselves with kindness we will never get that love and kindness in return from others.
Maybe you could add in some exercise (if you don’t already) into your daily schedule. That will definitely help with making you feel better both mentally an physically.
Keep it up!
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