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Posted on:
Fri, 29/12/2017 - 22:48

Stephen The Strong

Joined:
2017-05-10

Congratulations AntAnt on reaching 101 days gamble free. Great progress and I look forward to joining you in 2018 as we continue our journey.

Wishing you peace, contentment and happy days.

Posted on:
Fri, 29/12/2017 - 23:13

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

We can all do it Abstainer.We will slip and fall at times, but we will help each other back up and walk together.

 

A huge part of my help has been this forum and the people in it. THANK YOU ALL

Posted on:
Sun, 31/12/2017 - 17:00

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

103 days GF - No desire to bet

A horrible year that I am glad is ending.Hoping 2018 will be a lot better and GF

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Tue, 02/01/2018 - 20:53

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

Hi all

 

105 Days GF - No desire to bet.

 

Plodding along into a new year, trying to keep positive. Therapy starts in two days so I can begin my path to a better life.

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Tue, 02/01/2018 - 21:26

Tommyt124

Joined:
2017-09-27

Great stuff ant great to see you have done 105 days and still no desire hope therapy helps you and have a great 2018

Posted on:
Wed, 03/01/2018 - 20:38

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

106 days GF - No desire to bet

 

Thanks Tommy. Happy New Year to you as well my friend. Make it a good one.

 

Back to counselling tomorrow, therapy starts next week. Bring it on.

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Mon, 08/01/2018 - 16:02

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

All the 1's ... 111 Days GF - No Desire To Bet

 

Still plodding along. Feelings are still a bit mixed but I remain positive. Counselling started again last week and my trauma therapy begins on Friday. 

 

All day by day, but I feel as if I am finally getting somewhere.

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Mon, 08/01/2018 - 18:05

Stephen The Strong

Joined:
2017-05-10

Congratulations AntAnt 111 days since you last gambled. Excellent progress and good that you are feeling positive. 

Wishing you well...stephen 

Posted on:
Mon, 08/01/2018 - 19:18

Little miss lost

Joined:
2016-05-24

Belated congratulations on achieving 100 days gf.
Wishing you well with your therapy and here's to a better future.
All good wishes x

Posted on:
Tue, 09/01/2018 - 21:16

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

112 Days GF - No desire to bet

Thanks for the comments, they help a lot.

 

Mindfulness is a stonker. I really would recommend people give it a try. It levels me out and I can see clearly. It also relaxes me.Lots of vids on youtube...Go on... You may like it.

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Tue, 09/01/2018 - 21:34

Tommyt124

Joined:
2017-09-27

Great to see your going strong ant keep up the good work I'll have a look on YouTube with what your recommending jft

Posted on:
Wed, 17/01/2018 - 07:35

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

120 Days GF - No desire to bet

On Friday I am moving out of the family home. Gambling it seems has finally claimed my marriage. I am really gutted about not living with my son, that is going to be so hard. Of course, I will still see him a lot, just gonna miss waking up to his noise and his ways. Trauma therapy starts today, not sure what will happen but I really am ready for it and I want to go through what I have to so I can try and deal with my mental Health issues. I am improving,I am seeing things clearer. I have no desire to gamble and I do not think about it at all. I have put things in place in case I ever get stressed enough to gamble (Remember, I gamble to escape reality) I also have started dealing with my mental health issues that lead me to escape by gambling. Long road ahead, but I have started moving along it.

 

Stay strong all

Posted on:
Thu, 01/03/2018 - 14:24

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

163 Days GF - No desire to bet.

 

I have not been on here much as I had a few issues to deal with., I have also spent the past 2 weeks in and out of the children's hospital where my son has been after an injury. He is going to be fine. My stress levels hit the top yet I dealt with it all. I put into practice the things I have learnt in the past 6 months and I got through things without turning to gambling to escape reality. To be honest, Gambling has never entered my head, and long may that continue.

Hope you are all good and doing well with your own gambling issues. We can all do this.

 

Stay strong

 

Ant

Posted on:
Thu, 01/03/2018 - 15:40

Took a wrong turn

Joined:
2012-02-22

Ant, congrats on 163 days and for remaining so strong during such a difficult time, pleased to hear your son will be fine and well done with coping so well.

Wilsy

Posted on:
Sat, 17/03/2018 - 08:21

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

179 days GF - No desire to bet.

 

Plodding along. Keeping busy, going therapy, taking medication, staying positive.  Little guy is doing great.

 

Life looks a lot better than it did 6 months ago. Things really can start to get better so keep that in mind.

 

Long way to go, but I am feeling good about things.

 

Hope you are all doing well.

 

Saty strong all

Posted on:
Mon, 19/03/2018 - 17:21

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

181 days GF - No desire to bet.

 

Little guy is doing amazing and I am so relieved. 

Trauma therapy is as tough as anything I have ever done. Emotionally it destroys  you before building you back up. It is pretty amazing though and is opening up a new world to me. I never realised just how much my mind had me trapped. I still have miles to go and they say it will take years to get me to my best place. But it is starting to open up and I can see things a little more clear.

 

Stay strong all.

Posted on:
Mon, 19/03/2018 - 20:15

Tommyt124

Joined:
2017-09-27

Hiya ant great to hear your doing so well everyone I come on I hope to see your thread buzzing on over 180 days pal

Posted on:
Mon, 26/03/2018 - 23:18

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

188 days GF - No desire to bet.

Little guy is doing amzing. Fully discharged no, panic over.

 

I am doing good. remaining positive. Not getting on the internet much but checking in here when I can.

 

Hope you are OK Tommy.A few months since we had a gab, but keep going bud.

Stay strong All

 

Posted on:
Wed, 04/04/2018 - 08:15

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

197 Days GF - No desire to bet

 

Off to have more trauma therapy soon. It is tough but it also hits that spot that it needs to.Strange really as I now look forward to therapy. A far cry from the guy 7 months back who had no idea what was going to happen next. Getting that diagnosis at Christmas has changed me so much. The understanding of why I do certain things has had an incredible effect on me. My problems are mostly due to my mental health conditions, though I will never take my eye off the ball of the side of me that led me to gamble. I will never think that I am cured and gamble free. What I will do, and do, is thank those who have helped me get to where I am now and who will keep me going along a long path. My incredible psychotherapist who really has changed my life. The mindfulness videos and lessons that calmed and relaxed me (you do not always need those pills off the doc) GamCare, for listening to me that day that I rang for help, and for putting me on the path to the correct therapy that I needed. And you guys, for your stories that I read which inspired me, and for the help and support that many have given me. I cannot get on here as much as I used to as life is more busy for me now. But I do pop in, and I do still read people's experiences. I thank you all.

 

Stay strong

 

Ant

Posted on:
Sat, 07/04/2018 - 22:13

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

200 Days GF - No desire to bet.

 

Well, I hit 200. No great cheer, just glad I have come this far.

 

Without you lot I would not have made it.

 

Here is hoping for another 100 days to arrive.

 

Stay strong all

 

Ant

Posted on:
Sat, 07/04/2018 - 22:23

sjw

Joined:
2017-10-27

Well done on 200 days Ant, enjoy the rest of the weekend!

All the best.

Posted on:
Sun, 08/04/2018 - 17:13

Forum admin

Joined:
2010-11-01

Hi Ant,

big congratulations from us Forum Admins as well, it sounds like you have put a lot effort into your recovery and overall mental helath and well-being and you are experiencing the benfits of all this hard work.

Keep going, keep working and keep posting.

All the very best,

Eva

Forum Admin

Posted on:
Sun, 08/04/2018 - 18:12

Stephen The Strong

Joined:
2017-05-10

Congratulations Ant on your drive and ambition which has propelled you through 200 days of recovery.

Full respect also for the hard work you have put into understanding your mental health issues and developing coping mechanisms.

Thirdly I would like to thank you for giving me inspiration. I feel proud to be treading the same gamble free road as your good self. You have been brave, you have shown much courage and you have always kept your hopes alive. 

I take my hat off to a true gamcare warrior and send you my best wishes..... stephen.

Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 22:17

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

223 days GF - No desire to bet.

 

Thanks for the comments. I have not been on for 3 weeks as mad busy. Trauma therapy has been severe, exhausting, but it works wonders. I am changing and I can feel it. It is scary at times but good also. Have been sorting a few things out and in June I will be starting a new job.

 

Stay strong all.

Posted on:
Tue, 01/05/2018 - 06:55

ODAAT

Joined:
2014-11-10

Congrats on the new job AntAnt :-)

And just want to echo the above words...You have faced your new chapter with courage & determination & are finally starting to reap the rewards of your hard work :-)

Keep @ it & stay strong my friend - ODAAT 

Posted on:
Sun, 01/07/2018 - 08:04

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

285 Days GF. No desire to bet.

 

Hi all.

 

First I must apologise for my lack of activity here for the last few months. So much has changed and I have hardly had a moment to myself. I started trauma therapy and it really has changed me. It is a very hard thing to go through but the results are amazing. As many of you will know, I have a number of mental health issues. Things are getting a lot better. I can cope and I understand things far better now. My anxiety levels have come right down. I still have bad days, but they are few and far between now instead of almost every day. I was trapped inside my head and my home. Almost refusing to go outside or be around people. I now work as a tour guide and I am out every day talking to groups of people and having a real old laugh with them. It feels great. I am also still writing. I wrote the book about my life living with my conditions. 4 publishers wanted to print the book but as I wanted to keep control of it I released it through Amazon myself. It has made a nice chunk for a mental health and stammering charity.

 

So, I am doing fine. Still step by step, but in such a different place than I was last year.

 

I hope you are all doing OK and making ground with your own issues. 

 

Stay strong

 

Ant

Posted on:
Mon, 02/07/2018 - 21:54

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

286 Days GF - No desire to bet

 

Hope youa re all doing OK today

 

Stay strong all.

Posted on:
Wed, 04/07/2018 - 07:40

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

288 Days GF - No desire to bet

Enjoying the sun and th football.

 

Stay strong all

 

Ant

Posted on:
Mon, 16/07/2018 - 10:31

AntAnt1

Joined:
2017-09-20

300 Days GF - No desire to bet

 

Stay strong all. Keep going.

 

Another milestone reached for me, but the recovery continues on and on.

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