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#1 Posted on:
Sun, 05/03/2017 - 21:57

Lwt2277

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2017-03-05

3 weeks bet free. 21 days!! 

I've been gambling since I was 12! I would get someone of age to place bets for me. I have never had a problem with casino games, it's always been Sports betting. 

I gambled mainly because I thought I would be bored if I didn't. I guess you could say it was a fear of being bored. 

Where I live there isn't a lot to do. All my friends gamble. It was the first thing I thought about when I woke up. I would gamble every penny I had.

Online betting is the worst. The money doesn't feel real. You win £400 and you see £50 in cash at most. You just gamble it all back. 

I always said, "You never win, you just borrow it from the bookies." I asked myself one question that changed my life: "Where does it end?" 

I was gambling not to win money to buy things but to win money to have more bets. If I won £100 I didn't think "Get in, a new pair of trainers," I'd think: "Get in, 3 more bets!" 

I know I am not out of the woods and I don't think I ever will be. I often wonder if I can have the odd £20 on the Saturday 3 pm games, but I soon realise I can't.

I won't lie, life is more boring without a bet, BUT that bored feeling is nowhere near as bad as the dark nights when you've lost big. I like that I know how much money I am going to have every month.

I like that I am counting the days. It helps. I'm proud of my gamble free streak. Visiting this forum has helped me greatly. And not checking odds has helped. 

Posted on:
Sun, 05/03/2017 - 23:01

brandon

Joined:
Before 2009

Well done. Sounds like you're exactly where I started!

Posted on:
Sun, 05/03/2017 - 23:37

Juan88

Joined:
2017-02-26

Your comment about the odd Saturday bet is what I tried for years..mark my words, it never ever works. 

 

Posted on:
Sat, 22/04/2017 - 20:04

Forum admin

Joined:
2010-11-01

Hi Lwt2277,

Thanks for your post, and well done for sharing your story in our forum.

Your question; “where does it end?” has finally brought it home to you that you need to take positive steps to get over your gambling problem, and you seemed to have responded to that effectively.

I’m also glad to learn that visiting our forum has greatly helped you and contributed to your abstaining for 3 weeks.

You can now apply the same strategy and more, to stay gamble free.

This is also a proof to yourself that you can overcome your gambling problem; if you can abstain for 3 weeks, then it’s more likely you can abstain for additional 3 weeks, and so forth. It’s doable, and you can do it, Lwt227!

Maybe, you’d also like to contact our free phone Helpline on: 0808 8020 133, and speak to one of our advisers for further help and support – other options available to you.

Our lines are open every day from 8.00am to midnight.

My best wishes to you, and please keep posting.

Regards,

Beatrice   

Posted on:
Tue, 16/05/2017 - 12:03

darkhorse2016

Joined:
2016-06-11

Lwt2277 wrote:

3 weeks bet free. 21 days!! 

I've been gambling since I was 12! I would get someone of age to place bets for me. I have never had a problem with casino games, it's always been Sports betting. 

I gambled mainly because I thought I would be bored if I didn't. I guess you could say it was a fear of being bored. 

Where I live there isn't a lot to do. All my friends gamble. It was the first thing I thought about when I woke up. I would gamble every penny I had.

Online betting is the worst. The money doesn't feel real. You win £400 and you see £50 in cash at most. You just gamble it all back. 

I always said, "You never win, you just borrow it from the bookies." I asked myself one question that changed my life: "Where does it end?" 

I was gambling not to win money to buy things but to win money to have more bets. If I won £100 I didn't think "Get in, a new pair of trainers," I'd think: "Get in, 3 more bets!" 

I know I am not out of the woods and I don't think I ever will be. I often wonder if I can have the odd £20 on the Saturday 3 pm games, but I soon realise I can't.

I won't lie, life is more boring without a bet, BUT that bored feeling is nowhere near as bad as the dark nights when you've lost big. I like that I know how much money I am going to have every month.

I like that I am counting the days. It helps. I'm proud of my gamble free streak. Visiting this forum has helped me greatly. And not checking odds has helped. 

I'm going to keep a close eye on this thread, currently struggling with sports betting addiction at the moment. Do you have any tips to overcome it?

 

Thanks

Posted on:
Thu, 25/05/2017 - 11:23

Lwt2277

Joined:
2017-03-05

Hi mate,  My best tip is to count the days. That's what has really worked for me. I have a problem with football betting. I could have a bet on golf or something else if I wanted to, but I don't want to lose my streak (currently 101 days) so I've resisted.  Just don't check odds too. You can't want something that you don't know the price of.  It's a lot of willpower but it's worth it. 

Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 21:36

darkhorse2016

Joined:
2016-06-11

Lwt2277 wrote:

Hi mate,  My best tip is to count the days. That's what has really worked for me. I have a problem with football betting. I could have a bet on golf or something else if I wanted to, but I don't want to lose my streak (currently 101 days) so I've resisted.  Just don't check odds too. You can't want something that you don't know the price of.  It's a lot of willpower but it's worth it. 

Do you still follow the sports? Sometimes my urges have been from knowing a big game is coming up and putting a bet on it.

Posted on:
Mon, 05/06/2017 - 18:30

Gun_Hjerpe

Joined:
2017-04-27

Congratulations on your achievement! It doesn't matter how short or long you've stopped playing. What matters is that you've taken steps to stop it.