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Posted on:
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 16:58

fluffycat

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2016-03-22

Hi. I managed approx 150 days previously but flunked it up in December.  I'm now on day 3 and determined to see this through the year and way beyond.  I have an addiction to online slots. My grand total of debt is now just over £33k in the space of about 18 months. This averages about £2k loss per month and is just INSANE.  I have every kind of block in place, and have just put my life back on track with the help of Stepchange. I used to be obsessed with how quickly I could pay back the debt so tried to win more and more to pay it off quicker, but the exact opposite happened and it just got out of hand.  I stopped because I felt physically sick, emotionally drained, and remember sitting on my bed one night with a pen and paper in my hand trying to rack my brain how I could afford to get through the month and calculating every single gambling transaction that was still due to go through my account the next day. Needless to say, I was left with MINUS every month, and just maxed every credit card I ever had.  My credit score is now as bad as it can get, but at least I am regaining my sanity.  The debt will take 6 years and 9 months to repay at the current rate, but at least it's now an affordable rate of £390 a month and there is no secret interest being added on.  onwards and upwards.  Good luck everyone xx

Posted on:
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 18:59

Christer1

Joined:
2016-02-29

on the news bit here it says there looking at putting a selff exlusion. multi thingy on all online gambling companys i think think this is such a good idea

Posted on:
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 22:41

Julie 35

Joined:
2016-11-18

Check in Day 5.

Did really well today.  Did not gamble...Got an appointment through for next week for the counselling with Gamcare.

Checking in #Day5

 

Posted on:
Wed, 11/01/2017 - 23:32

Honk

Joined:
2015-01-02

 

Checking in for the week. I'm not missing gambling at all at the moment. Apparently it takes 60 something days to properly break a habit. Two months to go!

Good luck all,

Honk

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 00:01

Godoicul

Joined:
2016-04-13

Checking in for the week x

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 00:14

markie_b

Joined:
2016-12-27

Day 19 gamble free and checking in for the week hope everyones doing good keeping strong 

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 00:45

Mikeyfish

Joined:
2017-01-03

, I have self excluded myself from all the sites I was registered to, so that will help, as I am writing this message there has been loads of ads on the telly for online casino sites, I wonder what the customer retention rates are for these outfits is as it strikes me that they constantly drive to acquire new customers, at some point they will run out of customers and hopefully the industry will implode.

 

 

 

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 10:45

Dave1982.

Joined:
2013-01-02

Day 92 for me.  Been a massive help this site cheers all.

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 12:47

Sillycow

Joined:
2016-12-09

Checking in for the week :)

Day 34 - one more day GF...One more day closer to regaining a life.... 

M x

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 14:44

MVG

Joined:
2010-12-21

Checking in - Day 17 :)

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 17:50

T-Positive

Joined:
2016-12-30

Checking in on day 14, it's not exactly long but it's the longest I've went without gambling in a while so I'm feeling real good about it! :)

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 18:20

Herford

Joined:
2014-10-30

Day 15 check in, feeling about anxious but still good 

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 18:40

tyler7

Joined:
2017-01-01

Checking in on day 11.

Good luck everyone on reaching personal milestones.

If we happen to have a blip there is always next time.

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 18:41

Casey

Joined:
2015-04-19

Checking in on day 634 x

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 19:27

Kjp9494

Joined:
2017-01-12

I would love to join in this

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 19:36

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

Kjp9494 wrote:
I would love to join in this

You're more than welcome to join
We'll ad you to the next update

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 22:00

leedso

Joined:
2010-02-27

Checking in for the week - 161 not out.

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 22:45

Julie 35

Joined:
2016-11-18

#Day6

Another busy day and about to start a 3 day weekend shift.  Life seems so much simpler.

#Day6GF

Posted on:
Thu, 12/01/2017 - 22:53

Garyl1976

Joined:
2015-01-02

Evening all....in for the week on 1015

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 07:07

Sam Crow

Joined:
2012-02-23

Sam in for the week on 228!

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 08:57

fluffycat

Joined:
2016-03-22

Checking in on day 5. I previously managed over 150 days. This time I'm pretty certain there is no way I can physically gamble due to blocks etc. both physical and mental.  I HATE the fact that I still get XXXXXX emails from sites that I have excluded myself from trying to tempt me with free spins.  Personally I can't wait for the national self exclusion scheme that I have read about to become a reality. That way it really IS possible to 100% sure I can never use the bloody online slots again.  

I have seen some threads on here where people talk about what they did with their colossal winnings and how they have lost the lot and then won it back again and are now worried about repeating the cycle.  I don't think these are productive to other people who are thousands in debt because there is always that seed of doubt of "maybe I could still win big if I'd tried roulette "  (personally I have only ever played the "soft" games like Foxin wins and Ariana etc) but they have still caused over 33k debt. God knows what I would've been like on roulette.  Please don't take offence at this comment, but we just don't need reminding about the "what ifs".  Have a great weekend all xx

 

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 10:57

triangle

Joined:
2014-03-14

ihategambling wrote:

Checking in on day 5. I previously managed over 150 days. This time I'm pretty certain there is no way I can physically gamble due to blocks etc. both physical and mental.  I HATE the fact that I still get XXXXXX emails from sites that I have excluded myself from trying to tempt me with free spins.  Personally I can't wait for the national self exclusion scheme that I have read about to become a reality. That way it really IS possible to 100% sure I can never use the bloody online slots again.  

I have seen some threads on here where people talk about what they did with their colossal winnings and how they have lost the lot and then won it back again and are now worried about repeating the cycle.  I don't think these are productive to other people who are thousands in debt because there is always that seed of doubt of "maybe I could still win big if I'd tried roulette "  (personally I have only ever played the "soft" games like Foxin wins and Ariana etc) but they have still caused over 33k debt. God knows what I would've been like on roulette.  Please don't take offence at this comment, but we just don't need reminding about the "what ifs".  Have a great weekend all xx

 

True, but then gambling can be a very progressive illness.  I'm glad you've not done any of the "harder" games as yet and I hope you never do.  Keep in recovery.  tri

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 12:06

LHN-050793

Joined:
2017-01-01

Checking in on Day 13! 

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 13:15

ITDamo

Joined:
2016-01-26

Checking in on day 353.

Life is super stressful at the moment but gambling plays no part of it.

Well done to everyone.

Damo 

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 14:35

Converse222

Joined:
2017-01-13

Hi I am new to the site . I have not gambled since 05/01/2017 . . I have been gambling for around 10 years . My Achilles heel is online slots . I bet in horses and play bingo however will only loose £20 max once a week doing this . I only gamble when I have had a drink , soon as I have had a couple off I go onto bingo , loose my £10 deposit limit then go on the casino slots and just gamble away until the early hours . Never win as I cannot stop . Wake up with that awful sick anxious feeling heart racing , telling myself how bloody stupid I am . This is a reoccurring theme . I have blocked myself from sites but just find new ones to play . I dread the phone ringing incase it's z casino my partner knows I gamble but not to the extent I do . I'm lucky I am only slightly iin debt . When I think of the money I have lost makes me feel sick , the lies I have told my partner make me feel ashamed . I do not recognise the person I have become.  I am depressed , withdrawn , not socialising . I made the decision to STOP and have not gambled since 05/0/2017 . I have avoided alcohol as this appears to be my trigger . I have a party on 28th Jan this will be my first big test . My partner likes a small bet on thd horses now and again only couple of pound each way and a game of online bingo every few weeks again only a few pounds . I am very sensible too with horse racing and bingo . Can I still play these or do j need to give up ALL forms of gambling . I feel a bit better already for not gambling at all . I have joined the gym , started talking to family more and feel a bit more positive about the future . Slots were my escape . I had to give up my job due to illness and found myself at home bored getting more depressed . The buzz of the slots took me to the zone ... I can't lie and say I don't miss it as I do . Still early days tho . I have money in my bank for 10 days normally that would have gone to the not so lovely Cleopatra ....take each day as it comes I suppose . Will update next week with progress ... I will beat this addiction .... Or it will beat me ! Thanks ....C xx

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 14:43

newB

Joined:
2017-01-13

Hi, I'd like to join your challenge too.

I have racked up a massive loss in last 24 mouths and discovered how real and bad is this addiction!

I am ready to change my life and start living GF!

GF day 1!

 

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 15:26

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

Gentle reminder time.
So far 36 members have signed in this week 6 of them are new.
Keep the check-ins coming
Deadline is midnight Sunday.

Another reminder is for the new guy's. Please state your day's gamble free or have your calender
Active on your account.
That way we have something to work off.

Best wishes

Deano

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 15:36

elproducto

Joined:
2013-01-12

Day 15 for me.

Only really got this far because I have almost NO money whatsoever.

The real challenge begins on 26th Jan when I get paid.

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 17:04

Little miss lost

Joined:
2016-05-24

Hi, checking in, day 23 today.
Onward and upward x

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 17:36

Batman22

Joined:
2015-02-28

Day 31 no temptations

Posted on:
Fri, 13/01/2017 - 22:11

Julie 35

Joined:
2016-11-18

Day #7

Very busy in work today, was out and about in Community working.  Am happy with the my progress, as I got some wages today, and have not spent a penny of them on a FOBT.  This is progress, as Friday used to be my worst day.

Deano? I am not sure if I am supposed to post everyday? Maybe you want people to only do it once a week, but it keeps me focused every night to post and I think of not posting, if I walk past the bookies..But just say if I am cluttering up the place.

Day #7GF

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 00:02

Westsider

Joined:
2012-05-23

I don't really feel like writing much at the moment

but i'm just checking in to say i'm gamble free. The urges have pretty much gone for the time for the time being.

Wishing everyone a happy weekend

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 06:52

Ineffable

Joined:
2015-02-21

Day 14 check in gf.

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 08:40

newB

Joined:
2017-01-13

Day 2 check in GF. Still very much depressed about what i have done but repeating to myself this is a lesson that I need to learn.

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 09:50

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

JI35 wrote:

Day #7

Very busy in work today, was out and about in Community working.  Am happy with the my progress, as I got some wages today, and have not spent a penny of them on a FOBT.  This is progress, as Friday used to be my worst day.

Deano? I am not sure if I am supposed to post everyday? Maybe you want people to only do it once a week, but it keeps me focused every night to post and I think of not posting, if I walk past the bookies..But just say if I am cluttering up the place.

Day #7GF

Hi jl35 bud you can post as much as you like if it's helping..
It's always good to read how people are getting on.
Well done on your first week bet free
Post away my freind
All the best
Deano

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 09:53

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

newB wrote:

Day 2 check in GF. Still very much depressed about what i have done but repeating to myself this is a lesson that I need to learn.

Hi newb
Early day's are the pits. It does get a little easier every day.
Stay focused

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 09:57

Guestuser9

Joined:
Before 2009

elproducto wrote:

Day 15 for me.

Only really got this far because I have almost NO money whatsoever.

The real challenge begins on 26th Jan when I get paid.

Hi could you maybe put in some barriers for that day that will be hard.
Maybe give someone your card
For a few day's until you're through the tricky period.
If you have any excess cash think about putting it in a savings account and letting someone trusted hold on to the card for that account?

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 11:10

John64

Joined:
2014-05-31

Checking In on day 58 have a great week guys 

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 14:46

onlyme

Joined:
2012-11-19

Checking in, still gf :)

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 15:23

newB

Joined:
2017-01-13

Dean0 wrote:
newB wrote:

Day 2 check in GF. Still very much depressed about what i have done but repeating to myself this is a lesson that I need to learn.

 

Thanks for your support, i am giving my best to stay focused. Just still feel very depresed when i thought how many good thing I was able to do for my loved once with those money that i blowed away....pity but what doesnt kill us will make us stronger! Lesson that will haunts me!

Hi newb Early day's are the pits. It does get a little easier every day. Stay focused

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 15:46

HowDidItGetToThis

Joined:
2016-10-18

Checking in 

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 17:53

sodawater45

Joined:
2015-11-25

In for the week.

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 20:35

Herford

Joined:
2014-10-30

Check in

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 21:34

adam123

Joined:
2015-06-09

Mic check one two three

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 21:37

Rhoda

Joined:
2016-12-06

Checking in for the week...day 40 almost completed.

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 22:22

Julie 35

Joined:
2016-11-18

Day 8

Worked again today, 12 hour shift.  But it was a good day and kept me busy.  Still not gambled on a FOBT..Nipped into see the lady that manages my local betting shop.  I get on with her, and didn't want her thinking I had fell out with them.  Wasn't even tempted...maybe that will change and I will be tempted.  Am just happy when I look at my bank balance and it looks very similar to what it looked like yesterday.

Thanks for confirming Deano, didn't want to be one of those that post too much.  For me it is a habit, but a good one.  Working again tomorrow, have decided to move my diary around and take Monday off to rest, which will be nice.  Do you know the other nice thing.  I was in town with work on Friday, and during the trip, I bought myself some bits, Manuka Honey Sweets in Holland and Barratt, bath stuff in Lush...But I actually spent money on myself..Before this I was always 'saving money to gamble'..it was a nice feeling.

Have a good rest of the weekend.

#Day8GF

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 22:27

fiddlesticks

Joined:
2016-01-28

checking in, day 41 GF

 

Posted on:
Sat, 14/01/2017 - 23:25

Ojm

Joined:
2015-12-14

Checking in for the week, feeling positive for the coming year! 

Posted on:
Sun, 15/01/2017 - 00:04

Loxxie

Joined:
2016-01-15

Checking in for week.....
: )

Posted on:
Sun, 15/01/2017 - 08:29

Glads Dad

Joined:
2014-04-05

Glads dad in safe n sound

Best wishes to fellow soldiers this week

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