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#1 Posted on:
Tue, 03/10/2017 - 13:07



Hi all,

I'm relatively new to the forum but have found all the post/stories helping me to know there are many in the same boat.

Ive been gf just 5 days although im not back in the swing of day to day living as yet, 1st couple were spent in hospital and ive not left the house apart from a visit to my gp monday so in my eyes its nothing to celebrate just yet. I have excluded from all online accounts and my partner has my card and i don't have money.

Anyway the main point i wanted to ask is did any of you suffer withdrawal symptoms when stopping gambling? Last night i didn't sleep very well but in the little i did i dreamt that I had a football bet, it was so vivid i woke up sweating and reached for my phone to check the score! Is that normal in the recovering process or is it just me?

Thanks for any replies in advance and good luck to all beating this horrible addiction

Posted on:
Tue, 03/10/2017 - 14:02

ALAN 135

Before 2009

Hi again Norman :)) 

I think it's something we all suffer from if I'm honest , the urges , cravings and withdrawl's are all part and parcel of trying to change from something we do into something we no longer do , unfortunately for us unlike smoking for instance as yet there are no anti gambling patches or Gum and we jsut have to endure those feelings and ride out the urges . that being said I think we have achoice as to how difficult or hard we make it for ourselves and if you just sit there going up the wall because you crave the buzz of gambling it's not going to help at all , the best thing I found early on was just get up and do something / anything that will distract you and take your mind off of it until the urges pass , even if it's just going for a walk or taking a shower it will gift you enough time to think things through and realise it's just gambling whispering in your ear to have a bet , which like myself it has alway's done .

The good news is that with time those urges do fade to apoint where you hardly think about gambling and when you do there dismissed out of hand :)) 

2yrs on and I still haver the odd dream about gambling though not very often these day's and I'm very glad when I wake up and realise I hadn't gambled , so it just goes to show how deeply this is set in our brain ! .

All the best mate :))  

Posted on:
Tue, 03/10/2017 - 22:05




Im currently 6 days GF. Slots were my poison. I definitely have felt some withdrawal. Mainly agitation, anxiety, and irritability. I dont know if this is more that the fog is clearing and the extent of what iv done is becoming more apparent. I certainly feel anxious when I think about how i am going to fill the time i spent gambling. 

Good luck!

Posted on:
Tue, 03/10/2017 - 23:23



Hi Norman1892.

The dreams and the thoughts are normal especially in the early days so dont worry about having them. Keep talking it through on here and with people close to you. It is a period of cold turkey if you like and there are some withdrawal symptoms but its not a very tough battle if you focus in how worthwhile this recovery journey is.

I had a few nightmares but woke up with a sigh of relief that it was just a dream

Start some new hobbies and keep active. I see gambling for what it is now but I dont really think about it on a day to day basis other than being determined to help others on here

Now I dont have dreams or urges about gambling and I feel even better than last year. Its an old cliche but time is actually a great healer of the mind

Best wishes from everyone on the forum


Posted on:
Wed, 04/10/2017 - 08:33

Merry go round


Hi just to say as wife of cg, my husband has vivid dreams, shouting, swearing. I think you definitely have withdrawals.