20 October 2021 at 6:00 pm #141277CraigMac6Participant
I’m not sure where my post went from yesterday but I am here on day 2 of my journey. It’s been a rough day, with so many issues arising; between work, family and obligations. When I feel overwhelmed during these situations I remind myself, I’m not the only one that is overwhelmed with life. Tough times shall pass. Im not going to use that as a crutch to go gamble. I want a better life and in order for that to happen I need to give up gambling; one day at a time.
A little about me. Im a sports gambling addict. I can’t control myself when I gamble and it cost me a lot of money but more importantly it cost me my time and freedom. Gambling occupies my mind, it hinders my life by taking over my work, family and father responsibility. Im here because I want a better life, but I know I must work for a better life as well.
I look forward to the journey with all of you. Keep pushing forward. Lets do this!
20 October 2021 at 10:53 pm #141297velvetModerator
Hello Craig 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.
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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
21 October 2021 at 10:11 am #141324sjc1Participant
Hi Craig. I’m just starting my journey too. I’m trying to make one small change every day. I like your one day at a time approach. This addiction is way too big to deal with in ‘big chunks’. I’m trying to not let it occupy my mind – like you. I’ve tried to spend money on something that is positive/good for my soul/productive anything basically that is not gambling related. Even a small percentage of any money I have which may have gone to gambling I’m trying to spend this way. Then at the end of the day I can look forward to the positive thing I bought with my money. Keep going Craig.
21 October 2021 at 6:27 pm #141358CraigMac6Participant
Day 3 has been tough. My mind is playing tricks on me. My mind is trying to convince me that I can control my gambling and I can sports bet just a couple games a week that are guaranteed winners. I know I don’t work like that. I know my an addict that is an impulsive gambler. I can’t control it. If I could, I wouldn’t be here.
A lot of mind challenges but my focus is in the moment. I hope all of you are having a great day. Short on time.
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