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Back to square one - Brightside01 - 02-01-2018

My story is so similar to lots of other peoples, I thought I could control myself and I did the majority of the time - however the past 6 months I have been betting uncontrollably. I have racked up a huge amount of debt, which I know will get paid off (but as most gamblers we want to do things yesterday, which I know will not happen). 

I have been gambling for the best part of my adult life (nearly 10 years), I have given up for 2 years but then slowly started betting again. I thought I had it under control, I know realise I do not. 

I am currently on day 10 of no betting and feel so much better for it. I maybe skint, but I have my health which I did not feel I had when gambling.

I will not gamble today and I will not gamble tomorrow - I hope I can continue with thinking.

RE: Back to square one - smartie - 08-01-2018

hey Brightside,

Good to see you posting. Sorry though for the circumstances that have brought you back. Other than thinking what other strategies have you put in place?

All the best
Smartie xx

RE: Back to square one - Simmo - 12-03-2018

It's written in the orange book that small bet experiments have always ended in disastrous results, yet there is something to be said about complacency. The illness tries to convince us that we can be ok, we've been off for quite a while, we can control it this time.

From my experience, and I can see from yours, that the first bet leads us back to the depths of compulsive gambling.

Keep off a bet, one day at a time. Just for today I will not gamble


RE: Back to square one - Brightside01 - 14-03-2018

Thanks for your responses, I have now not gambled for nearly 12 weeks and my life feels so much better, I am spending more precious time with my family. Seeing my friends more, where as before I did not want to spend my BETTING money.

Life is looking promising, however I am aware that getting complacent is the worst thing we can do as gamblers.

I recently come in a fair bit of money (which me 12 weeks ago, would have blown every last penny on sports/black jack roulette etc). Now I have managed to pay off my families first holiday.