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Changing my life for the better....

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#1 Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 13:10

Moorey631986

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2016-09-08

Hello folks,

 

I've been on this forum many times before in the past, trying to quit gambling several times in the process.

But I've not yet found the magic formula. 

I can't even work out really why I gamble in the first place!?... I used to think it was the fact that I loved watching sports and adding that extra bit of excitement to the matches.

But recently, I've been gambling on Roulette and BlackJack (online) and frsutrating the hell out of myself when I kept losing.

Financially, I'm ok.

I'm not in any sort of debt, I own my own place and have got a stable job. I don't need the money. The way I live, I can easily save money every month and be able to enjoy the luxuries of treating myself.

But, gambling stops me from doing that! Every month I gamble away every last bit of extra money that I am able to save. It's highly annoying!

I'd definiely say that I have a problem! No doubt about it! But it's not severe (yet!) because I am able to stop myself from gambing with money that is not mine.

My life feels empty without gambling. I feel lost. It's my escape. My purpose in life. I have a lot going on in my life in terms of people keeping me busy. So it's my stress relief.... Except for it isn't!

Today is Day 0! 

I must find a way of stimulating my mind with things other than gambling. Counselling is not an option for me because I'm not great in those situations. It simply doesn't work for me.

 

Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 15:59

alainepo

Joined:
2016-07-27

What about a good time consuming hobby, walking, bird watching, golf, study, gardening, swimming, tennis, badminton, football, or anything stimulating as you say. Don't make gambling your purpose in life, it will do nothing but destroy that life bit by bit. By whatever means we found ourselves here and capable of free will and thought and with people suffering all around us surely our purpose in life can't be to gamble. If you are here looking for answers then you are already better than a life of gambling, you know there is much better out there otherwise why be here. Something will work for you if you keep trying, have you tried GA there are some glowing reports on here about it.

Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 17:04

Abstainer

Joined:
2017-05-10

The rest of your life starts today , the day you have expressed a wish to stop gambling for financial gain . Your journey might not be a bed of roses but the alternative for a compulsive gambler is bleak to say the least . Wishing you well in your quest .

Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 18:07

Moorey631986

Joined:
2016-09-08

 

allainepo wrote:

What about a good time consuming hobby, walking, bird watching, golf, study, gardening, swimming, tennis, badminton, football, or anything stimulating as you say. Don't make gambling your purpose in life, it will do nothing but destroy that life bit by bit. By whatever means we found ourselves here and capable of free will and thought and with people suffering all around us surely our purpose in life can't be to gamble. If you are here looking for answers then you are already better than a life of gambling, you know there is much better out there otherwise why be here. Something will work for you if you keep trying, have you tried GA there are some glowing reports on here about it.

I will try my best to find a couple of hobbies to take on whilst getting through the early stages of this battle. 

I'm trying to read more these days. Especially before I go to bed. That's when my gambling urges really trouble me. 

GA isn't for me. I'd find it really difficult to attend on a regular basis. My life is quite busy with stuff going on at the moment, family issues, so I don't want to have to commit to another thing. My family needs me at the moment. 

Maybe in the future, if the days get even darker, it maybe something I turn to. I've done long stints before from not gambling and I need to focus back on loving myself again. I hate the gambling me.

Posted on:
Sun, 28/05/2017 - 20:36

Who am I

Joined:
2017-05-17

All the best with your journey. Think of something you want for yourself whether that be a pair of trainers, a day out, a bike, a takeaway, a new book whatever it may be.. I never used to buy myself anything, but I have decided to be kinder to myself. I'm also finding it hard with the urges, I have found the following helpful so far: napping, having a bath, watching a movie, going to the supermarket, eating chocolate and also to keep on reminding myself how good a life I could have.

Keep being strong! Believe in yourself and inner strength.