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Finally I can say it.....

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#1 Posted on:
Tue, 28/11/2017 - 18:14

Unicornhuntee

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2017-11-28

.....i have a problem.

Sunday saw me hit the most horrendous point I have ever been to, which included 2 police cars, an ambulance and frantic family.

I have gambled for over 10 years, started off in casinos and more recently online. I have never been great at quitting whilst I am ahead, and go on to lose.

On Friday i put on £200...... by the time I went to bed I cashed out £20k! Amazing yeah!........ until I hit the reverse withdrawal, without hubby knowing. Guess what....... lost it all. So I only lost £200 (which we could absolutely afford)...... but losing £20k wiped me out. What could have been. How comfortable life would have been.

Instead I ended up losing it, driving off after drinking, realising quickly driving was stupid...... abandoned the car, walked barefoot in the wet and cold and stood on a bridge over the M40.

Didn't have the backbone to do anything. Didn't have the courage to go home. Didn't have the self belief I could fix this.

My family have been great, and tried to pick me up in the past 48 hours. My feet are sore and cut from walking over 6 miles, all online access now blocked, trying to shake the feeling of hopelessness.

Does anyone have experience of having issues online but not in casinos? Why can I control one but not the other?

So...... to sign off.....48 hours bet free!

Thanks x

Posted on:
Tue, 28/11/2017 - 19:03

Bex2411

Joined:
2017-11-28

Hi there, I absolutely have the same problem . I’ve been gambling online for five years now. I have won over £100,000k more than 5 times and lost it each time through reversing withdrawals. Finally here to put an end to it all and get my life back to normal! 

Posted on:
Tue, 28/11/2017 - 19:08

Unicornhuntee

Joined:
2017-11-28

Hi Bex

Thanks for commenting - it's hard when you think what could have been, but got to get this in order!

Posted on:
Wed, 29/11/2017 - 21:14

Katiecoo

Joined:
2016-11-25

Hi. I hope the dust has settled for you. Gambling win or lose really does put us in a mental spin. Stay safe X. Online gambling is the devil. It comes into our home, freely advertised on tv and then destroys at the core. I struggle with slots online. I don't gamble elsewhere, used to enjoy bingo but soon that social event became not enough.

Posted on:
Thu, 30/11/2017 - 16:00

Forum admin

Joined:
2010-11-01

Hi Unicornhuntee,

Welcome to the forum, and well done for getting in touch and also for sharing your story with us. I find your story very touching, and I’m glad to learn you have such a supportive family behind you, and the police and the emergency service were also right there to help you in your hour of need.

I can see you’re also getting some support from fellow forum members, which I think is very encouraging.

It seems like you’ve now taken a step in the right direction by coming to our forum for more help and support, and well done for abstaining for 48 hours! It’s a start, and one has to start somewhere. Just take it one step at a time, and stick to the strategies that are helping you to abstain.

I’ll encourage you to contact our free phone Helpline on: 0808 8020 133, and speak to one of our advisers, and find out other help options available to you.

Gamcare can refer you to 12 sessions of free counselling, if that would help you to overcome your gambling problem. Our lines are open from 8.00am to midnight, every day.

We’ve been able to help a lot of people, and hopefully, we would be able to help you too.

Try and keep up the good work, and please keep posting.

Best wishes,

Beatrice

Posted on:
Fri, 01/12/2017 - 14:30

Smashed

Joined:
2017-08-13

That is not a nice story, I hope you can rebuild yourself from this, start a diary and stay focused a lot of people here can help you stay focused.

Posted on:
Thu, 07/12/2017 - 22:11

holte1988

Joined:
2017-12-07

 

Glad your taking steps since the other night, I am new on here and found that online access was where my gambling went to a new level, my latest relapse put me in a dark place I wanted to go of on my own last week and take myself away from everybody. Fingers crossed we can get help through gamcare, stay safe think positive 

Alex

Posted on:
Fri, 08/12/2017 - 13:00

Norland27

Joined:
2017-12-07

I can only dream of winning £100,000 but I know if I did I would of lost it back too. That’s what the casinos rely on, they “throw you a bone to keep you hooked” as one bookie put it. Once all the money is gone the only thing left to lose is our minds.

Posted on:
Tue, 12/12/2017 - 00:13

changemylife

Joined:
2016-11-02

Unicorn. I'm so glad that you are seeking help, especially after the latest tense encounter. The gambling rollercoaster really does take over everything. It can take us from sheer bliss to turmoil without us having any control. From an advantagious situation - building up to a massive win with addrenilin pumping. To a catastrophic series of losses taking us to the brink once again. Like a hammer blow to the head.

But thankfully we have a chance to put it behind us. To learn from the experience. And realise that money should not be the most important thing in our lives. We can change our outlook.

I would encourage you to use the valuable advice on this forum and put steps in place to help you recover, and build a better future without gambling.