6 March 2023 at 9:06 pm #172605johnyboyParticipant
I’ve been a gambler basically my entire adult life. Since I was a kid its always been part of family gatherings and basically every event we ever attended. Christmas dinner was beer and poker between everyone. Was always a great time and I think back to it now and just felt comfort in it.
As an adult it started with poker mostly. Got my hooks into it right away with a massive 8k cash out in a tournament. I had no idea what I was doing, but I won so clearly I must be good right. That’s how it always starts. That’s how the chase begins. And I’m sure plenty of you can relate to that first major win that sunk you deeper and deeper in. I’ve basically spent the last 12 years sinking every penny I’ve ever had into gambling and today is the first time I really looked at myself and decided I don’t wanna do this anymore. I’m over it.
No more sports betting, No more poker, Its simply time for change. Today for me is day 1. I gambled last night. So today is a new day. Ill keep posting on this, keep updating it as I go thru it. Post how im feeling.
But right now im content. Feeling excited to start making the changes. If anyone has any advice, wisdom. Please share.
6 March 2023 at 9:07 pm #172615zoyaModerator
Hello 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 that 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….
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8 March 2023 at 10:22 am #172655johnyboyParticipant
Well its official. Day 2 of no gambling and the start of a lifelong journey.
I got to say it was alot easier then I should it would be yesterday. So far this morning has been a bit of a struggle. Unfortunately my tiktok is riddled with sports betting videos which I had to delete right away. Other then that, no bets, no real urge to bet. So overall a good start to the day.
8 March 2023 at 10:25 am #172682monicaParticipant
Sounds a great start John. Deleting temptations is a good strategy. What is helping you in this moment?
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