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Hi I think I have now concluded I am addicted to playing fruit machines. I am 42 years old single & work full time I have two dependant children and have my own property which is almost paid for. Sounds good but no it isn't I am spending my wage within the first week of being paid. Although I make sure I have all the food needed I don't always pay the bills I should be. This addiction started around 7 years ago when I used to regularly go away to a caravan site I got into playing the fruit machines. I then got into a relationship with a guy who introduced me to the arcades in the town centre. I had never been in one up until then which was about 12 months ago. He also took me into the bookies and again I had never bothered before that. I am not trying to shift the blame here I am the one with the issues and I am an adult and take respoonsibility for my own actions.

I am now at a point where by I feel if I don't stop then I will risk losing everything I have worked for. Prior to pay day I convince myself I am not going anywhere near the arcades or bookies but I do and then I get into tryiong to win back what I lose and so the cycle begins and before long my money has gone and I borrowiing here there and everywhere. The truth is I HATE MYSELF for what I have become and for lying to family when I need to borrow cash. I want to stop and I want to stop immediatly how succesful are the meetings? Is there anything I should do to help me stop please any help would be so much appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.


Hi Jinxie67

How many times have we promised ourselves we will stop gambling? <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarrassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->
Truth is, an addiction is just addiction. We can't stop....Unless we want to! <!-- sBig Grin --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_biggrin.gif" alt="Big Grin" title="Very Happy" /><!-- sBig Grin -->

You have got to be honest with yourself...Do you want to stop? If you do, you can!

Have you read the stories of fellow compulsive gamblers, and the results of their addiction?
You could be on the cusp of a life none of us wish to see again. It is not pretty.

Try a GA meeting. Be open minded. Be willing to listen. They can and will help you.
This addiction is an insidious disease that is very hard to beat alone. You will need
the help, support & guidance from someone. GA has the knowledge of how to beat this
addiction. After all we were/are all of us, compulsive gamblers in recovery.

Best wishes