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      I want to give my testimony to warn people who, like me, have searched this forum and are trying to get away from addiction.

      A few years ago I found out I had a late stage blood cancer.

      I faced a battle with cancer for a few years with a few relapses.

      I imagined that this would be my biggest ordeal. But it was not.

      In early 2021, when visiting a website, a popup from a bookmaker opened. I signed up and then the worst battle began.

      I was limited by the house and following “advice” from videos from people who make money selling courses on betting (and/or who are sponsored by the house) I signed up for a betting exchange.

      The feeling of clicking on the balance and it being updated with a win is very addictive. I stopped thinking about the countless losses and just wanted to repeat that feeling of the updated balance.

      I made several deposits that today total $18,000.00 lost.

      This left me in a critical financial situation and I am trying to renegotiate this debt with the bank.

      I want to sympathize with all the people who face this disease and make an alert.

      The siren song shown in videos on the internet are from people who make money from sponsorships of bookmakers and from selling courses. They don’t make money gambling. Their risk is zero.

      I end by wishing you all good health and strength.

      You’re not alone. I know what you’re going through. I can’t help you financially but I can pray.

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      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.

      The Gambling Therapy staff team don’t generally post to the forums as it is a peer support area of the site – so we’ll hand you over to the community from here.

      Take care,

      The Gambling Therapy Team

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    • #159602

      Hi Henry, well done on looking for help.

      First my apologies – it shouldn’t have taken this long to authorise your first post.

      Your testimony will help others – I hope that reading the other stories here also helps you in your own recovery. You are right about the “advice” that peole sell – even when I was in the grip of this addiction I realised that if the advice was any good then they wouldn’t actually need to sell it – they would just act on it thmeselves to make money!

      I wish you well in your battles with cancer. Maybe tell us a little more about your battles with this addiction. Have you managed to stop now?

      You have a lot of support available, noth here and elsewhere.

      Hopefully i will read more about your story here or maybe pop into one of the groups we have here.

      Keep posting.

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