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Can I go to GA once a month?
#21
Re the free coins, for me, whether it's actually a real gambling site or a pretend one where you buy coins , it gets me into the same bad habits, like obsessive behaviour, not sleeping because I only want to return to the game, putting the game in front of other things in my life. What then happens is I start to believe that I can win with my own money, and before you know it I'm back to gambling. I don't play any free play games, no casino games, nothing that will activate that compulsive behaviour. If you can delete the app and start to live outside of the compulsive world. Good luck.
How do I stop gambling?

Honesty.
Open-minded.
Willingness.


Chris.
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#22
I agree with Chris_b. Free play was always a lure for me and it triggered the addiction once more. Now I stay away from such so called entertainment, as it turns out not to be entertainment for me but a pull in my emotions to lure me back into addiction.

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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#23
I have attended GA meeting for a few months but the question on why and if I still need to continue to GA keeps on coming up to mind mind.

This week I was trying to find the answer again. But still couldn’t find it. So I thought instead of asking that question, I should take a fresh outlook at GA and what it has done to me in my few months here.

I know GA is to help you stop gambling but I have a misconception here. I thought that once I can prevent myself from gambling then I do not need GA. But now I realized even though I can prevent gambling now but I might gamble again to escape unpleasant circumstances in life.

And so I believe another purpose of GA is to help me from falling into this trap. By regularly attending the meeting and hearing stories of other GA members, I will be able to avoid falling into gambling again and even if I did I can work through my recovery again with the understanding and support of the fellowship. 

And the greatest thing that GA has done to me is help me to be honest with myself and others and thus helping me working towards recovery.

There was one time I relapsed and I wanted to lie in order to get the 30 days token but the realization that I would had defeated GA purpose if I did that so I decided to be honest to myself and others.
Another time is I refused to change my new anniversary date even though I kept on playing iPad casino slots without purchasing coins lying to myself and GA that it was not gambling. And what made me finally tell the truth is the fact that I couldn’t face myself coming to the meeting with the thought that I may be lying to the group.

It is hard when I was debating if I want to choose honesty over my desire but I am glad I have taken the right choice because after being honest, I try to stop or prevent gambling.

So, I have decided not to question myself again with why and if I need to go to GA. I will just attend GA regularly and diligently. And hopefully one day I will be able to work through the 12 steps of recovery.
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#24
Nice p and a....

Keep up that honesty, open minded and willingness thinking...

walking the journey with you too...

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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#25
Hi all,

I thought I would give you all an update.

Jan 9 was my 2nd 30 Day of Recovery. Tonight I am looking forward to getting the 30 Days Keychain.

Here is a quote by me that I would like to share with you all.

30 Days of Recovery

Recovery is a journey not a destination.
Recovery for addicts is not only about maintaining sobriety.
It is also about personal growth and development.
The end result is the same
- To be better than we were yesterday.

~ LTC ~
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