3 July 2023 at 10:50 am #178374stanParticipant
Over the years I thought it was in control. I went to slot machines won a little lost what I won. Always said it was within reason. I don’t smoke or drink much. My vice was the casino. When online casino became available I lost control. Before I knew it I spent money I didn’t have . Kept it from my wife. And I hate myself. I knew people that were addicted to the casino. I said I could never be like them. I am exactly like them. What I hate is I know what I did was wrong but still could not stop myself.now trying to get my life back together
3 July 2023 at 10:53 am #178386AntonioModerator
Welcome here and thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy forums.
Let me congratulate you on being honest with yourself and face this, it is a great first step.
Here at Gambling Therapy, we pride ourselves on being a caring and diverse online community who can help and support you with the difficulties you’re currently facing. We understand that this might be a tough time for you, particularly if you’re 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. We’re 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 you’re 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.
As well as the forums New Members are invited to join Charles in the New Members Practical Advice Group on Mondays at 21:00 (UK) and Thursday at 19:00(UK)
And on that note….
I’m going to hand you over to our community because I’m sure they will have some words of wisdom for you 🙂
The Gambling Therapy Team
10 July 2023 at 5:06 pm #178642marie4Participant
Hi, I am also a not so proud new member, the online casino also got me, but we are here, I keep telling myself I want to stop so that’s a good place to start, my partner has no idea, well done for joining, good luck.
10 July 2023 at 5:10 pm #178652zoyaModerator
It is nice to see you here! Gambling can be very addictive, so it is good that you admitted that you have a gambling problem and started looking for support.
10 July 2023 at 8:09 pm #178658stanParticipant
It’s still early but I think I’m doing OK. I have removed any access to money that my wife was not able to see. She knows what I have done and how much I spent. It’s strange I feel really ashamed and relieved at the same time now that it’s in the open.i see a counselor next week to help with what has taken me down this road.taking it one step at a time
10 July 2023 at 8:11 pm #178664zoyaModerator
Well done Stan! Seeing a counsellor and talking things through is a good idea.
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