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Can't help myself

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#1 Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 13:37

Shadysoldier313

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2017-11-02

Hi everyone

Today I sit here after blowing my wages on a bingo site as I have blocked myself from "lost count" betting sites. There always seems to be another one pop up.

I have been gambling since I was a teenager in arcade shops. When I started full time work it escalated to the £1.00 slots. Don't even go there when I discovered online slots. I always gamble until I have nothing. The last few years I have restrained myself a bit but sometimes get impulses and can lose whatever is in my bank within a few hours.

This is not my only problem. I have a scratchcard addiction. I cannot go into the shop without buying at least ten pounds worth. More recently I have been buying the £10 ones.

I really have a problem and it will effect my relationship as now my new pay is monthly I have to wait for a month until I'm paid again.

I find it so disgusting the amount of adverts on TV about online slots! I just find these so addictive and keep playing thinking I will get the bonus round and win big.

Thanks for listening

Julie

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 14:49

Loxxie

Joined:
2016-01-15

Hey Julie...
Welcome to a great place for help and support...you'll see youre not alone love...have a read around..look at my diary...my problem was online slots..give the helpline a ring...youll be feeling like there's no way out...trust me ...It can be done love. ..yes it's hard...yes its a darn struggle...but trust me...life does get better. ....I was you over 650 days ago....so...ring the helpline for a chat..xxxx

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:11

Shadysoldier313

Joined:
2017-11-02

Thank you for your reply. How do I access your diary? My problem now is I have no money to gamble which will stop me the real test is when I get paid again!

Slots and scratchcards are the worse! I had stopped using online slots last year but since July I have been dabbling and I won 600 the first time I started again and felt amazing. Scratchcards however are so easy to spend a few quid here and there. I never really saw them as a problem but if I added up what I have spent oh my gosh thousands!

I don't want to tell my partner as they are under pressure with finances due to bills etc so it makes me feel terrible like between last night and today I've gambled over 200 pound on bingo and didn't win a penny!

Reading this forum has made me realise there is so many people with the same problem!

I do gamble more if I'm alone and bored! Last night I thought oh I'll just put 20 on a new account and boom put my last fiver in at lunchtime today!

I just wish it wasn't so easy to waste money!

Many thanks

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 15:37

Katiecoo

Joined:
2016-11-25

I'm in she same boat as you. I have wasted the last year with brief periods of gf periods and most months totally wasting my wages on slots. I am 10 days free and intent to stay free. Feel free to read my struggle. I personally find it a help reading about other woman's experiences. Online Gambling is definitely reaching into households and luring women in.

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 18:01

Loxxie

Joined:
2016-01-15

If you click on my name "loxxie'
It will take you to my diary..called "online slots "
One thing I found worked well...
I blocked all gambling sites under parental controls on my broadband.....
X

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 18:16

Shadysoldier313

Joined:
2017-11-02

Thank you everyone for your comments. Really means a lot.

Was reading your diary Loxxie that's so amazing how far you have come!

I think the online slots will be easier for me if I get the Web blocker as I have mostly excluded myself from the big ones and small!

Scratchcards will be the worse as every shop I go into they are staring me in the face! But I really am going to focus and try my best! Fed up wasting money instead of getting sone nice things for the house or pay debts of I had when I was younger due to gambling!

Posted on:
Thu, 02/11/2017 - 21:59

Melonade

Joined:
2017-10-31

Welcome, I'm in early stages of wanting to give up this exhausting habit. I too have also brought scratch cards in shops it's like you can't get away from it even when popping to shop for some milk. The tv ads, there's just more and more. I feel like throwing something at tv each time they come on!!!!! 

Good luck and just take one day at time. That's what I'm doing..