17 June 2015 at 11:56 am #30695
Hello, pleased to meet you, my name is”Ian and I am addicted to gambling.” Its tough to admit this but I am guessing this is as good a starting point than any. I am from Yorkshire and was exposed to gambling from am early age as my dad gambled and in the end he lost everything through it, his marriage fell apart, his business, his dignity…well everything. So I am presuming that I was always going to get hooked one day…right??? I have quit a million times before but have started again a million and one times…”I will never do it again…but I do…WHY???” I cant stop…this must mean that I have a problem, a BIG problem. I seriously want help and need help…on 13th July, 2015 I will be entering the Gordon Moody Residential Programme….I am counting down the days but this day will come…not long now. I am in contact with Janey @ Gambling Therapy and we have weekly sessions via this web-site. I need direction and she gives me this, even though it is hard… I am presuming things are going to get a lot harder.
17 June 2015 at 1:26 pm #30696DuncKeymaster
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 youre currently facing. We understand that this might be a tough time for you, particularly if youre 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. Were 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 youre 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.
And on that note….
Im going to hand you over to our community because Im sure they will have some words of wisdom for you 🙂
The Gambling Therapy Team
17 June 2015 at 7:32 pm #30697LibertyParticipant
great that you have posted here, lots of support available here. Well done you, on making the decision to change your life and enter Gordon Moody programme.
There is life after gambling, it not easy especially when you have lived with this addiction for so many years but there are many who are living proof it can be done.
Good to meet you Ian, maybe see you in one of the support groups that are run here.
Keep posting Ian 🙂
18 June 2015 at 12:16 pm #30698
Many Thanks for your response and kind words. Its a difficult time but I am confident that things are going to get better. Like most of the people on here we have lived with this addiction for many years and we are here because we want to do something about it. I am heading into work now, not many more days to go until I leave and head to Dudley in the West Midlands. Keep safe everyone and we will have contact soon,
21 June 2015 at 11:40 am #30699
I hope you are all well?
Yesterday I went back to my home town and spent a few hours with my best friend. For the first time I let him in on what things have been like for the last several years whilst gambling “my bollocks”.
To say that I was nervous is an understatement, but the response that I got was one of support and understanding…did not expect this. Maybe I could get use to this ‘honesty thing’. It felt such a relief getting it off my chest and sharing a small snapshot of my life as an addicted gambler.
3 weeks to go now until I arrive in Dudley…not long now!!
Keep safe everyone,
27 June 2015 at 11:27 am #30700
Good Day Everyone…hope you are all OK?
Its now 2 weeks to go until I enter the Gordon Moody Association Residential Programme. I have just booked my train ticket and am getting other stuff sorted at this end. Its a massive thing to undertake but I am going to give it everything as I want to STOP gambling for good.
My week at work has been OK but a little stressful at times. I have been going for a long walk in the evening and trying to eat healthier, but the latter is difficult. Wishing you all well.
Keep safe everyone.
28 June 2015 at 1:27 am #30701marko1231Participant
Good luck with the treatment Ian.
I was supposed to go to GA last week .
But I bottled it.
Hopefully i will find the strength this week
29 June 2015 at 9:26 am #30702
Hey there Marco1231,
Thanks for your message of support. Sorry that you were not able to make it to the Gordon Moody Association programme. Keep strong buddy and get yourself there…its tough, really tough but dig deep and reach out for the help.
Hope to see you there,
8 July 2015 at 2:30 pm #30703
Good luck at GMA. I was there a few months ago and although I was not there long (info on my thread) it was one of the defining moments of my early recovery and one I will never forget. It’s hard but it works if you want it to. I will ask my higher power to have a word with your higher power and share a fresh pineapple juice from Montego Bay.
All my love
10 July 2015 at 4:32 pm #30704
Thank You I_Maverick for your kind words. I head there on Monday and I am very nervous. I will give it my all. I wish you well in your recovery..keep safe. Ian
10 July 2015 at 5:42 pm #30705
Ian, please know that this is the best decision you ever made. It is a great programme, and one I wish I could have done but as the staff there explained to me, one which would have done me no good. My needs were more complex tan just mere gambling. My gambling was a symptom of a deeper issue.
Say hi to everyone from me. Please pass on my love and I wish you all the best. Enjoy it and work it. Know that you are worth it.
11 July 2015 at 11:27 am #30706
I wish you well. I will pass on your regards to everyone. I am going to give it 110%…I need to.
13 July 2015 at 3:35 pm #30707
I hope we do not hear from you again for 14 weeks as you should start today. Good luck Ian.
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