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Am I an addict?
#1
I’m not sure if i am addicted. I do it out of boredom. I love gambling, to be honest nothing really gets me more excited. But it gets out of control and before you know it I’m in massive debt. I keep saying after today I won’t gamble for the rest of the week. The next day I’m straight on my phone checking the days runners and riders. I just find life so mundane without it. I should be happy, I have a beautiful girlfriend, a good family and a decent job but somehow it’s not enough. Gambling is the rush I need but like I say my debt is getting silly and I’ve already lost thousands this year. I gamble nearly every day. I mess up so bad and lose like xx in half hour. Then I get really angry with myself and say I’ve gotta stop. Then a week later I forget all about that and I’m back in a bookies with fresh optimism and a new betslip.
Does anyone else feel this way. Gambling through boredom. Or am I just in denial here?
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#2
A qood question...

I was in denial for a long time until I started to work through the GA program along with counselling and many other tools...

Maybe the best place to start is by deciding if you want to stop gambling...if that's the case maybe check out your nearest GA meeting?

Smartie xx
Meetings help, but meetings are only a small part to how GA works....

GA is a 12 step organisation that offers the program that keeps me in recovery...

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#3
Hi smartie,

Appreciate the reply.

I need to, for my finances. Just don’t think i will last long. Not because I have to gamble but because as I said previously I get bored in the working week. Maybe I should check out those GA meetings. Thanks
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#4
Hello Bandz To develop a better way of life with the help of Gamblers Anonymous or to continue gambling and suffer more misery (not just with finances!)? The choice is always yours to make. My experience tells me that if you question the situation then it already is a problem. Think about that for a while. Wish you the best and hope you make the right decision. Help is available, just grab hold. LewB-Woodbury Monday Night
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#5
Hi Bandz,

Try the 20 questions, only you can make up your own mind on the matter. It took me years of denial to get help, and now I'm 27 months in recovery, I wish I would have got help sooner. Gambling took me to a miserable existence, and I'm now able to enjoy life on life's terms.

Hope you get to a meeting soon and let us know how you get on.

Wishing you well

Simmo
One day at a time.  My last bet was 15/03/2016 and I hope and pray each day that it stays that way.
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#6
bump....
Meetings help, but meetings are only a small part to how GA works....

GA is a 12 step organisation that offers the program that keeps me in recovery...

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#7
Hi,

I am exactly like you. I gamble (play iPad Casino Slots) because I am bored. I have spent a massive amount of money in gambling. I always told myself I have to stop or just gamble for  half an hour but that would never come.

Recently, I found out that I could set password restrictions in iPad in-app purchase so I asked my girl to set it up (on Nov 6, 2018) and since then I didn't make any purchase. I would think you may try to find ways to prevent yourself from being able to use credit cards and also carry little money with me.

Even though I didn't purchase any coins to play but I still use free coins to play. And as from now, I want to try not to play anymore.

Good luck to you and me
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#8
(04-12-2018, 11:11 PM)Peaches+Apple Wrote: Hi,

I am exactly like you. I gamble (play iPad Casino Slots) because I am bored. I have spent a massive amount of money in gambling. I always told myself I have to stop or just gamble for  half an hour but that would never come.

Recently, I found out that I could set password restrictions in iPad in-app purchase so I asked my girl to set it up (on Nov 6, 2018) and since then I didn't make any purchase. I would think you may try to find ways to prevent yourself from being able to use credit cards and also carry little money with me.

Even though I didn't purchase any coins to play but I still use free coins to play. And as from now, I want to try not to play anymore.

Good luck to you and me

I had my wife set a password on my phone, I'd forgotten it was there until you mentioned it. Put whatever blocks in place.

Are the free play games taking you away from other things you should be doing? They could prove dangerous as they might lead you back to gambling with real money again. I've done it many times and justified that it's not for money, but it was costing time, and eventually money again.

In Unity
Simmo
One day at a time.  My last bet was 15/03/2016 and I hope and pray each day that it stays that way.
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#9
Hi Simmo,

Thanks for the info.

I have now also asked my girl to set password restriction on the iPad so that I can't play the slots even with free coins.

I feel so happy because I am on the road to freedom - free from being a slave to gambling.
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