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Help Maybe?
Hi There,

Im a bit lost with what to do and not sure if i need help or if its just something else.....

I do gamble quite a lot, mainly on online bingo and casinos etc. Not a day goes by i dont think where i dont gamble. I am not in debt at all, i dont owe anyone any money but i have gambled away nearly all of my hard earned savings and this is what has made me think i may need help. The thought of all the money i have lost sends me in to a small depression each time because i regret it so much and i have just had my hours cut at work so its going to take me such a long time to get next to near any of that money back.

I am only 24 and my boyfriend has the odd bet on the horses now and again and he would get annoyed if he loses even £50 and i will be sat there losing 5 x that in a day and think its normal?

I have tried to stop many times, like right now i have all accounts closed etc, but i just feel so down about the money i have lost, like it is such a waste. I think i mainly do it because i work for an online gaming company already and im around gambling all day, but because i work on the computer, its too easy for me to click up another page. I gambling cause i try to chase my losses also, this is a big thing for me, the same as every other person though i guess.

Im not quite sure what to do, i think because i dont owe anyone any money and not in large debt, im not seeing it as an issue, but i know i have a problem when im willing to spend £100's a day.

Any advice would be really appreciated.

Many Thanks, D x

Your story sounds very familiar to how my addiction started.

I started off not in debt and thinking I was gambling with money that I could afford to, but now, 5 years later and in lots of debt, I wish I stopped it back then before it escalated to this level.

I'm still only 23 and I am lucky I have a great family and people around me who support me, and I realised I had the problem at a young age.

But closing your online accounts is a great start.

I am going to a GA meeting for the first time on Thursday and I hope it will be a first step in the right direction. You should definitely go to one and see what others have to say, to see if you feel your gambling is a problem.

Hi D

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You don't owe any money YET! If you keep on the same path though......

You worry about the money you have lost. FORGET about it! It is LOST!
If you try to win it will undoubtably lose more.
Then you might increase your bets... lose even bigger amounts.... and THEN you WILL be in debt!!!

You are on a tightrope at the moment. Have you read the stories on this, and other forums?
They are no exaggeration. I know people who have served gaol time due to their gambling, people who have attempted included.

Make a promise to yourself... Attend a minimum of 4 GA meetings. You can find the meeting location on this site. Then you will truly see and understand what this addictuion can do to REAL people...that person could be you next.

Your a young person, with a hopefully good life to look forward to.
Don't throw your opportunity away. Be happy. Don't gamble.

Best wishes

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