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Do i really need to go to meetings or can i do this?
Rather than plucking just one part out of my reply rather than taking it into context in its entirety you would see what I meant. The car forum part was merely used as an example to try and make things simpler for you to understand as you clearly do not understand the concept of GA and its meetings. However, when in the grips of this addiction it is an easy thing to do.

The main crux of GA is meetings, everything about the Fellowship evolves around meetings and unity. It also has a program of recovery which is best done with others rather than alone. There are many websites/forums out there that do not use the same principles as GA, they would probably be more suited to you if you are looking to try to get better without the aid of meetings.

I know you would not see it but coming to a forum where you know that the main concept of the organisation is meetings and then asking for advice on how to abstain without those meetings is 'patronising' in itself.

I am in no way trying to be critical or rude. You did ask for help though. Anyone that visits this forum can only pass on their own experience as no-one here is remotely qualified to give 'advice'. I tried many different ways to stop gambling over the years (just like many others), I tried to do it MY WAY but all it did was allowed me to dig darker holes and brought me to the doors of a GA room. The only way I could stop was to do this a different way, the GA way. And, although I too was reluctant at first to attend meetings, it was something I had to do and still do to this day over 7 years later. There is no coincidence that I haven't gambled all that time.

The fact that GA and its meetings were the only way I could manage to kick this addiction make me very defensive of it. In a meeting there is much more than war stories and stopping gambling that help me deal with life on a daily basis rather than hiding in the form of gambling.

Big Dave (Eastcote/Uxbridge)

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Re: Do i really need to go to meetings or can i do this? - by BigDave - 27-08-2013, 10:58 AM

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