3 January 2022 at 7:06 pm #146224dadlife89Participant
Hello, I am new here and I have decided that playing the slots in arcades and Bingo Halls for a very long time this year will be a gamble free year. Will I succeed, who knows. I have put every measure in place to curb any possibility of satisfying the urges we all know very well. I have self excluded from pretty much every arcade, bingo hall, bookies and signed up to GamStop. I am on day 2 of no gambling, as of course I ventured into an arcade on New Years Eve and lost a lot and also spent over 5 hours in playing, this was the only arcade I could visit (I am now self excluded) I hope I can resist the urge to gamble, I am going to try my best at least not just for me but for my wife and kids. They deserve so much more and the thing I regret most is not the money, but the hours upon hours of time wasted being sat in Arcades and Bingo Halls playing machines.
3 January 2022 at 7:08 pm #146262charlesModerator
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.
The Gambling Therapy Team
3 January 2022 at 7:16 pm #146264charlesModerator
Hi Dadlife and welcome to the forums. Well done on looking for help. Read the other stories here, you will see a lot that you will relate to. You will also see the success stories – what are trhey doing that you can apply to your own situation?
Well done on excludng from that arcade. You mention your wife and family. Your wife could help with one of the other barriers that you will read about – financial accountability/limiting acess to funds with which to gamble. Still your money of course; accountability would just mean you couldn’t gamble without knowing that she would know. The actions that will help us stop gambling are the same actions which can help to rebuild trust etc
I would say forget a year not gambling – waaaaaay too daunting. Take things a day at a time and you can reach that year. Use support as well – the forums and groups here, maybe Gamblers Anonymous meetings, Gamcare or whatever – if we could do it on our own then none of us would be here.
Keep posting and hopefully I will see you in one of the gorups soon.
4 January 2022 at 4:47 am #146288ujju197Participant
Hi Dadlife89, Welcome to the forum. We all are a family here and everyone used to help and motivate each other any way around. After reading your story, it feels good that you love your family. And, I assume this love will give you immense power to control your urges.
You are on the right track, keep posting and discussing. There will be lot of Ups and Downs; but we have to keep standing tall.
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