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  • #9075
    Clarity
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    Hi,
    I’m Sean, 24 and about 30 minutes ago I lost £500 on the roulette machine in the bookmakers which I had won last night. This has been a common occurrence but not quite to this scale for about 6 years, gradually as my wages have gone up so have my stakes and consequently my losses.
    I currently have a good job after being at university and take home around £3-3,400 a month. My outgoings on this are no more than £1,000. Yet i find myself a week after payday with barely enough fill my car up enough to go to work and end up borrowing money to go out. Why? Roulette machines. Essentially, I started gambling when I went into a bookies with a friend when i was still in sixth form. I was shaking putting £5 in worrying about losing it. I won, and the rest is history. Generally, I have had control and have known when to walk away and not chase etc. However, in the past 6 months it has gone progressively worse. I have staked more and more and I’m not happy unless I’m winning hundreds and hundred, but instead i lose hundreds and hundreds. It is like my brain switches off in there and i do not worry about the consequences I am just chasing that big hit and win, then the second I leave reality hits and I’m angry for an hour maximum and I just tell myself “Oh I can just lend a few hundred off the lads till payday.” Now instead of saving for a house I am dipping into the savings to cover an addiction I have only recently come to terms with having.
    Any comments/advice/criticism welcome.
    thanks
    Sean
    He who dares wins

    #9076
    Dunc
    Keymaster

    Hi Sean
    Thank you for posting on the Gambling Therapy forum. As you are a GB resident you are entitled to free online support through the Gamcare website at http://www.gamcare.org.uk/ .
    You could also consider residential treatment which you can find out more about by following the below link:
    http://www.gordonmoody.org.uk/
    As Gambling Therapy are unable to support people from Great Britain can I suggest that you now copy and paste your post into one of the Gamcare forums where you will receive responses from others in a similar situation to you from all over Great Britain.
    You can also access online or face to face group support through Gamblers Anonymous:
    http://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/
    We wish you well in your recovery.
    Kind Regards
    The Gambling Therapy Team
    25 year poker player, 25 year Hierarchal fool, 25 year ego boost…  Intellectualisation was my down fall, simplicity was my salvation

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