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My gambling life, so wish it was different!
#1
The only way you are going to sort your addiction out is through continued help. Not just when you get found out and you try a last-ditched attempt to salvage the destruction you have caused. You need to do this for YOU and nobody else.

One thing I know that, left to my one devices, I will continually push the boundaries. Whatever I got away with yesterday I will try more today and see if I can get away with it. It is common amongst us addicts (especially in relationships). Eventually, however, I get found out and I stupidly believed that another lie/false promise would yet again solve the problem. Unfortunately the problem is ME, it's not the gambling, I use the gambling to escape the problem (just like everyone else).

The only way I was able to stop gambling was when 'I' truly wanted to stop. Not when I needed to and not when I had to. I had to be ready to do if for myself.

I hope the Portsmouth meeting goes well for you and you continue to attend it and any other meetings you decide to go to. This illness, for me, requires continued medication, but no doctor has a tablet or an injection that will help me, the only medication I have found is through GA meetings and being open and honest in those meetings.

Big Dave (Eastcote/Uxbridge)
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Matt_83 Wrote:I have been in a gambling rehab twice and I felt this had worked but after a short time of being home the old routines just fell back into my life.

GA can be part of that 'continued' help Dave mentioned. I know I could stop gambling for periods of time after treatment or just abstaining, but I always went back to it eventually. Sometimes it was after a year or so of not gambling, but a few times its been minutes after. Every time I went back to gambling it rocked my world and i felt ever more helpless...

What GA does is offer me a simple programme of recovery that I work to the best of my ability. Its a simple program but its not an easy one as it asks me to learn about myself and become a better person..this is the 12 step recovery programme..

My first thought upon hearing about this was something like I don't want that stuff...all i want to do is stop gambling. Sadly I learnt there's a big difference between being able to stop gambling and staying stopped.

I hope you get to your meeting at Portsmouth...or wherever you go...
Please keep in touch or if you have any questions let us know..

Smartie xx
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#3
It is great that you found the meeting beneficial. The more meetings you go to each week the better. Two each week is a good start. When I first started attending meetings I only went to one each week which prove to not be enough as I tended to struggle to get by the 7 days. Once I started going to more my life began to change.

Although in the past, and for a number of years, I have attended meetings nearly every day, now I generally do 2-3 meetings every week. I have not gone a week without a meeting for over 7 years and I know that has a lot to do with the fact that I have not gambled.

Keep going to meetings Matt. If the day ever comes that you think you don't need to attend meetings, then you need to start going to more!

Big Dave (Eastcote/Uxbridge)
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