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really struggling
hi this is all new to me so you will have to bear with me a 40 yr old woman with 3 grown up children and i live with my partner .at the moment i am really struggling with gambling and have done for quite a few yrs .it all started off when my partner took me to the casino ..i had never been to one before so it was exciting i won a little bit on the slots but over the years ive found this has gone steadily worse and worse ..its now taken me to going to machine shops and allso online gambling i find myself feeling very low and depressed and agitated as i had a play on christmas day ..won on an online slot ..and this morning i have lost the lot plus more out of our bank ...i am physically pushing my family and partner to the edge and i dont know what to do ....there is only so many times and chances they are going to give me before i lose everything ..i was just wondering if there was anyone out there in the same boat as me ..if so please get in touch as i would like to know im not alone on this im looking at going to a ga meeting but not sure of where there is one in my area i live in bolton north west please anyone out there with simalar stories please get in touch maz x

I was 36 when I stopped and after nearly 25 years of irresponsible gambling the only thing that worked was GA meetings. Things, for me, got steadily worse. Although the gambling seemed to always be out of control, the consequences of the gambling were the worse bit. Lost the respect and trust of friends and family. Life seemed to get lonelier and lonelier.

GA really did change my life and still does today nearly 8 years on bet-free. I was very nervous and apprehensive before attending my first meeting, as are most people, but once I experienced my first meeting I soon realised there was nothing to have worried about in the first place. I was welcomed quite informally, which was pleasing and I seemed to fit right into the meeting because as soon as people started to speak I felt at home. Everyone was telling my story before I had even spoken. I knew straight away I was in the right place. I have no doubt you will receive the same warm welcome at the meeting you attend.

I am sure there is a meeting in Bolton If you seek it out in the 'MEETINGS' section (tab at the top of the page) you'll find all the details.

Big Dave (Eastcote/Uxbridge)
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All the best
Smartie xx
thankyou dave i have taken everything you have said on board .i have looked into the meetings and i see they do have them in bolton on a friday so will be going this comming week ..i really want ot end this nasty adiction /illness as my partner and family mean the world to me .thankyou so much for your reply and i will keep you updated on my progress

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