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      rockjf4
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      Hi, my name is J-F and i’m new to this forum, I’m a 27 year musician and stage technician and also a gambling addict,
      Since about 6 months I have discovered online gambling sites and it’s been a downwards spiral ever since, I have gambled since I was a
      teenager and I now realize that some of my patterns from my youth were tell tale signs of tomorrow, I have struggled with addiction
      ever since I was a teenager, It started with cigarettes, weed and alcohol, with time I was able to kick the habit of weed and can have a few drinks
      without it been a problem. Now comes gambling, in the past months I’ve been spending pretty much all the money I have and been backed
      up on important bills because of gambling, for me it’s all slot machines, I honestly don’t care about money anymore if I play and win some I
      Immediately bet it all at higher stakes, it’s all in the thrill, there is no amount of money that could make me stop…
      It’s all this mentality of if I can win 5$ I can win 10,50,2000$ it never stops.

      From a psychological stand point I guess I’m filling a void, I guess it would also be appropriate to point out that I’ve been suffering for years
      with Anxiety and depression (after all I am a millennial) and that this addiction scares me tremendously, I tend to isolate myself when I’m under stress
      so gambling isolates the shit out of me. I guess what i’m asking here is where to start, GA meetings? Therapist? Hit it gym? Dwell eternally for my unfair
      brain?… How does one go on living when everything seems to be a problem, I am mostly scared that I will postpone this addiction just to feed a new one.

      Any tips?
      Thank you,
      J-F

    • #54774
      velvet
      Moderator

      Hello JF 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 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 🙂

      Take care

      The Gambling Therapy Team

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    • #54775
      Steev
      Participant

      I would say there are 4 things you need to do if you want really want to stop.
      Firstly – lose access to gambling sites – by using blockers (there is a link here – google others … https://www.gamblingtherapy.org/en/blocking-filtering-software )
      Second – lose access to money – if you can get a trusted family member or friend to handle your finances for you.
      Thirdly – lose access to time to gamble. Find other things to do. More practice? More gigs? Learn another instrument?
      Fourthly – get good support for yourself. So this is GA, a therapist / counsellor, self-help group, online support on here or other gambling help sites.
      If you seriously feel that going from this addiction will drive you into another one, then I suggest you need to look into what is creating this in you – either with a counsellor or self-help group like co-counselling. I wish you well.

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