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    maria819
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    I have been gambling for 6 years now.  It started out slow and with little money, but at the beginning I was winning all the time, so as time went on I increased the amount of money I would bet.  Then I started losing and, of course, would go back to the casino to try to win back what I lost, but I would lose again.  Sometimes I would win, but that only kept me going back for more.  It turned into an ugly habit.  I’ve lied to almost everyone I know.  About a year ago, I got sick with severe anxiety and depression and I also broke my shoulder (had to have shoulder surgery – screws and a metal plate in my shoulder) so I was home for quite a while, but could not do much.  Luckily, I have wonderful parents and a wonderful husband who helped tremendously.  Unfortunately, probably from boredom, my depressio and anxiety got worse.  I did not want to do anything.  I had no desire, energy or ambition.  I went to an outpatient clinic for 2 weeks, which was a big help because I found the right doctor and he put me on the right combination of medication to help me at least function.  The depression is still there, but the anxiety has gotten better.  After not gambling for over 3 months, I thought – great, I’m through with it.  Well, that was not the case.  When I was able to drive, I went to the casino and I was hooked again.  I went a couple of times a week still, but was losing more and more and that contributed to my depression.  My depression caused me to gamble and gambling caused me to be depressed.  I am in a Catch 22 situation.  I’ve been readinng self-help books, and I went to my first GA meeting last night, which was quite an eye-opening, but sad experience, to hear how awful some people have had it.  I am not at that point yet, but my counselor suggested I go before things get worse.  I a going to give it a try and pray it helps, but I know it’s going to be a struggle.  I need suggestions on how to get rid of the urges to gamble.  I’ve gotte a few suggestions, but not much has helped.Sometimes it lasts in love, but sometime it hurts instead.

    #7436
    dave82
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    So sorry to hear how you’re hurting but people can do amazing things when they’re at their lowest. I gave up 13 months ago after the birth of my daughter as I vowed never to put her through what I put others through. If it wasn’t for her I’d still be gambling now guaranteed. She was my reason and I think everyone ***** some kind of trigger to give them that little bit extra. I almost lost everything but now feel as if I’ve gained everything. I was at rock bottom – losing everything we worked for and you get to a point where you can’t tell anyone about your losses and can’t talk about the wins you need to keep them for your next bet. It’s such a lonely place and I really feel for you. Good luck and I hope you make it. SGF2012

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