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#1
Hi all,

After many attempts to stop gambling (online casinos and bookies) I have finally decided to stop once and for all.

It was only on Friday 5pm that something clicked in my head walking out of a betting shop after loosing another £xx on the FOBT's to think "Something has to stop.."

Now I attended my first GA meeting last night in a while, and determined to get back on the right track. I have been counting hours rather then days, but the compulsion still seems to be in the back on my head.

Two comforts are:

1) by 9pm tonight I will be 100 hours free of gambling!
2) I still have the £xx pocket money my dad gave me on sunday. Had it been last week it would have long gone!

Thanks for listening all

Steven
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#2
Hello Steven Two things stuck out in your post like sore thumbs. The first is that your Dad gave you money. That should not happen under ANY circumstances. He becomes an enabler by doing that despite his intentions. In GA we earn money the old fashioned way, by working for it. Perhaps one or even two part time jobs are in order? And while you are working those part time jobs, think of WHY you are working them. Secondly, by your own admission, is that you have not been to a GA meeting in a while. Why did you stop in the first place? Surely you can't expect to get well if you don't take your medicine on a regular basis?. Wish you well in your endeavors and with recovery. LewB-Woodbury Monday Night
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#3
Hi Lew,

Can I just clarify. The pocket money was actually from my own funds, not his. He controls and keeps my money which I work for part time. I call it pocket money after the bills are paid (car running etc)

Yes I understand that, I know I should have kept going and GA is the only real medicine for the situation. I'm learning that fairly quick now. I'm heading back to a meeting tonight and making it a promise to myself and the group that I attend at least once a week from now on.

Hope this makes sense!

Steven
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#4
Ok so today i told my wife of my addiction to gambling .i been doing it for years and ran up some debt .my wife is distraught we have 3 children together and in 1 night have destroyed it .my wife works 2 jobs while i just blew money like water im not proud of myself im ashamed .i have now till sunday to find somewhere to go .i have been in touch to seek help to put me on the right track .my wife has put up with some stuff in the past but this ...this is it for her .my family live 100 miles away ..if only i could turn back the clocks .she said i would rather you had an affair than being a gambler ..now things have hit home im gutted .i have a good job and will try put things right i can only try ..cant see us getting back together she made that quite clear ... il take it day by day im a selfish prick and got what i deserve and dragged my family into my devastation
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(19-06-2018, 01:22 PM)sjh99 Wrote: Hi all,

After many attempts to stop gambling (online casinos and bookies) I have finally decided to stop once and for all.

It was only on Friday 5pm that something clicked in my head walking out of a betting shop after loosing another £xx on the FOBT's to think "Something has to stop.."

Now I attended my first GA meeting last night in a while, and determined to get back on the right track. I have been counting hours rather then days, but the compulsion still seems to be in the back on my head.

Two comforts are:

1) by 9pm tonight I will be 100 hours free of gambling!
2) I still have the £xx pocket money my dad gave me on sunday. Had it been last week it would have long gone!

Thanks for listening all

Steven

Well  done Steven  for   trying to change   the  bad  habit   (   it is  an illness  in   our mind),   life       gambling  is not  really good  it is always     wanting to  get  something for   that  does not belong to us  ,  the easiest  way to make  money is  by working,  I found that myself    and  for  a long   time    I did  ignore  ,  but  gambling  beat me   and  took  everything from me, now  I do not gamble  and I got  everything I want ., I take long holidays  I  got    my  family on my side   and  more  of  all  I am  happy.
I wish you   well in  your  new  way of   life.
Stamps  , last  gamble   was on  01-04-2011
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