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  • in reply to: Estou desesperado #184328
    zoya
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    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: First day #181998
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Wailben,

    Welcome here and just to let you know that you are not alone! Apart from our forum, you can use these resources if you have suicidal thoughts:
    I’ll list some crisis support sites here where you can speak to someone:

    Befrienders Worldwide allows you to search by country for any local support that might be available:

    Home

    The International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) maintains a list of support lines:
    https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

    Wikipedia also keeps a list of international crisis support lines here:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_suicide_crisis_lines

    There are some practical things you can do immediately to restrict your access to gambling as well as to help you manage your money. From that point, you can then begin to work on repaying any debt that you may have as a result of your gambling.

    You can often request to be excluded from gambling websites where you have an account. This is usually done by contacting the customer service department of the website that you use. Exclusions usually start from a minimum of 6 months, but can often be longer.
    You may find that installing some blocking software on your computer or mobile device is also useful. It is important to explore these services yourself to decide if they are suitable for you.
    Many physical gambling venues such as casinos and bookies will allow you to self-exclude or ban yourself – perhaps give them a call and ask them what the procedure is. And don’t worry, you won’t be the first or last person to ask for this.

    It is important to think about how you manage your money. It can help to ask a trusted friend or relative to help you manage your money for an agreed period. It might feel difficult to confide in someone else – but taking yourself out of isolation with your gambling is important.
    It is a good idea to combine practical measures with proper emotional help and support. Dealing with the problems associated with your gambling, or that may have led you to gamble, will help you regain control.

    You may also find our support groups useful:

    A list of the Gambling Therapy peer support groups can be found here:

    About Support Groups

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 3 weeks ago by zoya.
    in reply to: New here #181672
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hello Nelynrc27 and thanks for joining this thread.

    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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    • This reply was modified 7 months ago by zoya.
    in reply to: Not so proud new member. #178664
    zoya
    Moderator

    Well done Stan! Seeing a counsellor and talking things through is a good idea.

    in reply to: any advice will be helpfull #178657
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Marie4,

    It is good that you joined our forum and we hope you will find support here.

    Regarding your gambling problem – have you considered talking to your partner? I know it can be difficult, but if you tell him it will be harder for you to gamble and hide it from him.

    You can also try to answer your own question, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Sometimes, it helps to take a step back from a specific experience and reflect on it.

    in reply to: any advice will be helpfull #178655
    zoya
    Moderator

    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: Not so proud new member. #178652
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Marie4,

    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.

    in reply to: Canadian Gambler Its clear I have a problem #178520
    zoya
    Moderator

    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: My Slot Addiction #177789
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Lizzy,

    Slot machines are designed to evoke particular emotions, so people can relate more to them. Hence, it may help if you analyse the reasons why you are attracted to that specific machine. Does it remind you of something? (Sounds, rewards, particular symbols or theme). What is drawing you to this specific machine?

    in reply to: My Slot Addiction #177785
    zoya
    Moderator

    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: My Friend of Misery and eternal struggle. #177481
    zoya
    Moderator

    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: I’m realizing the destruction #176717
    zoya
    Moderator

    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 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

    PS: Let me just remind you to take a look at our privacy policy and terms and conditions so you know how it all works!

    in reply to: Lost within myself (Vicious Circle, No Escape) #175896
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Tjj1986

    It is good that you are having counselling as it helps to talk to someone and discuss your thoughts. Just remember that if you have urges to gamble, you can also use our online chat for emotional support (Monday-Friday 10:00-22:00) and Saturday-Sunday (14:00 – 18:00).

    in reply to: Finally – I have to “open the game” #175392
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Rami92,

    First of all, well done for uninstalling the betting app and you are right when you are saying that, ‘tomorrow will be a new day’.
    You can use this new day to analyse the triggers that caused your relapse. Was it a deep-rooted belief that you can still make money from betting? Would you even have regrets about your recent betting experience if you did not return to betting after cashing out and losing your bets?

    Although losing money is painful, it can be a good opportunity to realise once again that there is no money in gambling. So, every time you find yourself tempted to gamble, try to remind yourself that ‘the gambling/betting industry is not designed for us to win’. Instead, it was created for us to lose.

    in reply to: Just a place to write stuff #173725
    zoya
    Moderator

    Hi Axel,

    I would like to add that it is good that you decided to start your diary here. We hope that your writing will motivate you and others to quit gambling.

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