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#1 Posted on:
Mon, 19/06/2017 - 17:14

Gazza1971

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2017-06-19

Joined today following 7 days GF. The first 7 days have been very challenging fighting the urges but the forums I have been

 reading have helped. For too many years I have been playing the FOBT's but over the last 3 months the frequency has increased along with the stakes! 

 

Time to take back control but even when you think you are a low to moderate gambler the road to recovery is harder than anticipated.

 

 

Posted on:
Mon, 19/06/2017 - 18:41

sunbeam

Joined:
Before 2009

Hi Gazza

Well done on staying off gambling for 7 days - no easy feat for a problem gambler, but things will begin to get easier in some respects and maybe more difficult in others. Boredom, complacency and a short memory can tempt you back, but with the right support and taking on new interests and pastimes, there is every reason to be optimistic about the future.

Support groups such as GA can be very effective, but some are much better than others, so do shop around if you have a choice. It takes a lot of courage to go to your first meeting, but as soon as you find a good one, you will find inspiration and motivation to help you over what is likely to be a few tricky months. If you don't feel comfortable saying 'My name is Gazza and I am a compulsive gambler then **** it, say someting else. You can, of course, do it on your own, but I tried and failed too many times before eventually deciding to bite the bullet.  

I have now been four years gambling free, after being hopelessly addicted for many years. It was far from easy; in fact, it was the most difficult thing I have ever attempted, but it is so worth the effort. I never realised that life had so much to offer.

Take care my friend.

Ken 

Posted on:
Mon, 19/06/2017 - 19:47

Gazza1971

Joined:
2017-06-19

Dear Ken, thank you for your reply and words of encouragement it's reassuring knowing there are genuine and kind folk out there offering help and support.  I appreciate your comments regarding GA and will bear this in mind as I continue my journey.

The forums have been very inspirational providing a great deal of advises on how to get started with becoming GF. Here are a few things I have done over the first 7 days GF:-

Admission to myself there was a growing problem - Plenty of sole searching

Discussed the issue and my concerns with my lovely wife, who not surprisingly had noticed the increased frequency on FOBT's. I have also mentioned it to some friends and also my daughter. 

Self exclusion 

Putting £1 in a jar for everyday GF - a little way of rewarding a GF day and in a strange way somewhat satisfying

I have wasted money playing FOBT's which would have been best spent on enjoyable family time; fortunately I have not got myself into any sort of debt but I have limited the amount of cash on me and I have been leaving bank cards at home. I have asked the wife to keep an eye on the finances.

Every day I have been reading the forum along with lots of other useful information on the Gamcare - today I became a member!

I'm under no illusion of the challenge ahead and at this moment in time fighting the urges, I understand total abstemious is a must if I am really going to being GF for good.

The next step, I enjoy cycling so I am getting on my bike; it's healthier and cheaper! 

Posted on:
Mon, 19/06/2017 - 22:17

Bal

Joined:
2015-04-18

Many thanks for your kind words on my diary and well done on your 7 days.

The FOBT was my nemesis and giving up cash and card access helped me.

Get into a habit of posting on your diary daily and just take things one day at a time. Cant change yesterday but you can influence tomorrow.

Best wishes

Posted on:
Tue, 20/06/2017 - 18:57

Gazza1971

Joined:
2017-06-19

Day 8 and despite very strong urges I'm GF and looking forward to putting another £1 in my jar. Decided to met the wife for coffee at lunch and when walking back to to work went pass the regular bookies and decided to walk on bye. This journey is not easy by a long shot but the forums are a great help