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Still Going Strong Almost 8 Years

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#1 Posted on:
Fri, 01/12/2017 - 19:26

Beany

Joined:
2009-12-08

I don’t do many posts on here but I go on the chat room quite a bit and speak to people on there. But it is coming up to 8 years next year when I will be gamble free and Gamcare has been the main place that has helped me quit, manage my addiction and work on helping others. I do hope one day to become a sponsor for someone but considering I don’t go to GA meetings I don’t see becoming a sponsor anytime soon.

 

I still don’t have any feelings to gamble at all and focus my time on other things. I have been working on becoming a minimalist this year and it has really opened my mindset on what is really important in life or in other words what we really need to be happy in life. I read a lot more than I did and hoping next year I can go back to the gym after taking nearly 18 months off from any gym or exercise. I have been giving to charity due to removing things from home that I don’t use and someone else may. Currently working on cutting my TV viewing time down as staring at a screen on shows that have no meaning is wasting my time.

 

All I want to say to end it for the moment is that for everyone who is trying to quit, or anyone who has recently quit gambling and to those who are still going, there is more to life than gambling. There are many better things that we can do in our lives. So please stay strong and I may see you in the chat rooms some time.

 

Posted on:
Sun, 03/12/2017 - 17:19

Forum admin

Joined:
2010-11-01

Congratulations Beany.

Your 8 years of recovery will doubtlessly give hope to many forum members, and provides evidence that change is possible and the potential for recovery does exist.

Thanks for sharing a little about how you are finding ways to value your experience beyond gambling.  It sounds like you are seeing things differently and finding a way of living that is more in tune with your values.

Thanks as well for mentioning our chatrooms, maybe that will encourage others to use them too.

Take care,

Forum admin.

Posted on:
Sat, 03/03/2018 - 12:08

Mixer

Joined:
2016-12-03

That's a lovely post Beany, it certainly helps inspire me and I'm sure many others, too.

Posted on:
Wed, 07/03/2018 - 02:26

tara2

Joined:
2013-01-27

thanks for you post Beany!  I have decided to start to read the success story forum and yours was the first entry I have read.  thanks again.  tara2   oh , and congratulations.

 

Posted on:
Sat, 14/04/2018 - 19:00

Beany

Joined:
2009-12-08

Well I did a search on my name and found 2 new posts. I do apologize for not replying quickly. Thank you Mixer and hopefully see you on chat room again in the future. Tara2 I appreciate that you chose to read my story, and I hope all is well with you?

 

Since my last posts I am still gamble free. I am back down the gym and in the best shape of my life for a long time. TV is cutting down and still reading books. Work is going good clock in and clock out as they say.

 

I did a look on some of my old posts and updated my profile. I completely forgot I had a couple of slips when I stopped gambling and it looks like I posted about them and got advice from some fantastic people. I cannot remember the exact date I stopped but I changed my life in 2010 chose 1st June. May have been a couple of months earlier or later but that's the time I roughly became gamble free. The year was 2010 and that is when I changed my life for the better.

 

I want everyone to know quitting is not like turning a light switch off. It takes time, it takes hope and it takes willpower. This is what my experience is so it may be different for some. Please don’t give up on yourself you can get through this and Gamcare is a great place to help, GA meetings will help. Your family will help. Please be positive, you cannot change the past only the future.