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#1 Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 18:49

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Hi, I’m 20 years old and I’m a gambling addict. Addicted to sports betting, I’ve done what every compulsive gambler has done, started attempted to stop, started again believed I could control it. But now I am no longer a gambler. If you want to change something then you’ve got to want to do it. In the past this hasn’t been the case, I wanted to stop losing. I’m genuinely scared of what this addiction could do to my life If I don’t stop now. I have signed up to GAMStop great website only took two minutes to sign up, it immediately takes a lot of weight off your shoulders knowing there’s no point trying to find every website and signing up. So this is day 1 Monday 30th April.  My last ever bet was Sunday 29th April 2018. 

Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 18:57

DeterminedDan

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2016-09-08

Well done on realising at your age that gambling is going to do nothing but hamper you and hold you back in life. 

Gambling is a big lie, especially to us compulsive gamblers. 

What’s the point in trying to ‘win’ when all we end up doing is giving back our ‘winnings’ almost straight away....and then follows the rest.

The very best of luck on your journey ahead, YorkshireLad. 

Keep posting on your diary and watch those days mount up. Each one worth celebrating at the end of a day. 

Let there be good times ahead.

Dan

Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 22:21

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

DeterminedDan wrote:

Well done on realising at your age that gambling is going to do nothing but hamper you and hold you back in life. 

Gambling is a big lie, especially to us compulsive gamblers. 

What’s the point in trying to ‘win’ when all we end up doing is giving back our ‘winnings’ almost straight away....and then follows the rest.

The very best of luck on your journey ahead, YorkshireLad. 

Keep posting on your diary and watch those days mount up. Each one worth celebrating at the end of a day. 

Let there be good times ahead.

Dan

Thanks for the kind words Dan. It’s  the greed that gets us CG’s. We think we can make easy money, when in reality if this was the case then everybody would do it. Looking forward to making small steps and taking it one day at a time. 

Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 22:42

wittle71

Joined:
2018-04-17

Well done pal . My last bet 'again' was yesterday too. Let's see if we can do this

Posted on:
Mon, 30/04/2018 - 23:24

Ineffable

Joined:
2015-02-21

Great start and you’ve got you head sorted, which really helps keep the addiction tendencies under control.

Welcome YorkshireLad.  

I have fallen in and out of recovery many times -now back to keep GF for a year - 4 months in and keeping it together. So, as you say, if you commit, then you will win but if you don’t you will fall again and feel the pain. Delighted you found Gamstop and hope you have other blockers in place. Keep strong.

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 07:06

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

wittle71 wrote:
Well done pal . My last bet 'again' was yesterday too. Let's see if we can do this
We can beat this together!

Posted on:
Tue, 01/05/2018 - 07:07

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Ineffable wrote:

Great start and you’ve got you head sorted, which really helps keep the addiction tendencies under control.

Welcome YorkshireLad.  

I have fallen in and out of recovery many times -now back to keep GF for a year - 4 months in and keeping it together. So, as you say, if you commit, then you will win but if you don’t you will fall again and feel the pain. Delighted you found Gamstop and hope you have other blockers in place. Keep strong.

4 months is a great start any tips? I presume it is getting easier as time is a great healer! Yes gamblock is a great block and I got a friend to scratch the 3 digits off my card. 

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 07:49

Ineffable

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2015-02-21

Excellent idea to scratch the code off the back of your card!

Tips - well I handed my finances to my brother as I was out of control - that was the best thing for me - so I get a weekly ‘allowance’ from him and all my bills etc are paid by DD. I have to say it has not been easy and the addictive urge comes back as strong as ever sometimes but less and less as time progresses. Keeping busy and focused on other difficult to achieve things in my life is the other biggie for me - gives me less time for navel gazing and just getting on with it.

Posted on:
Tue, 01/05/2018 - 21:47

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Day 2 complete. Tried to keep busy at work and keep my mind off things worked to an extent, came home and went to training was nice to get out and forget about the gambling world for an hour. Back to reality though when I got home, going to struggle this month but it’s a good reminder of what gambling has done to me. Luckily I have no debt so always looking with the glass half full attitude. Just going to find a nice box set to start on before calling it a night. 

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 21:59

Tb1010

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2016-10-27

Hi YL, I’m a fellow young Yorkshireman and have also just signed up to Gamstop. I wish you all the luck - im currently on day 7

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Tue, 01/05/2018 - 22:51

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Tb1010 wrote:

Hi YL, I’m a fellow young Yorkshireman and have also just signed up to Gamstop. I wish you all the luck - im currently on day 7

Day 7 good going, how’s your progress going mate?

Posted on:
Wed, 02/05/2018 - 23:07

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 3. Good day today productive at work and chilled at home. No gambling thoughts. 

Posted on:
Thu, 03/05/2018 - 04:27

Troubledgambler

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2015-08-11

Keep up the good work- I will look forward looking thru and seeing your progress. I wish you all the best for the future on your  and our journey to be gamble free

Mark

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Thu, 03/05/2018 - 10:23

Equinox

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2017-10-18

YorkshireLad wrote:

I have signed up to GAMStop great website only took two minutes to sign up, it immediately takes a lot of weight off your shoulders knowing there’s no point trying to find every website and signing up.

Hi YorkshireLad - Wishing you all the best in your recovery and I'm glad you're cracking the habit at 20 years old - you've got a whole life that needs to be lived without having to deal a gambling habit that'll do its best to destroy it.

And I'm so glad I dropped into this diary - I've just registered to GAMStop and it feels like a perfect start to the day. 

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Thu, 03/05/2018 - 23:26

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Equinox wrote:

YorkshireLad wrote:

I have signed up to GAMStop great website only took two minutes to sign up, it immediately takes a lot of weight off your shoulders knowing there’s no point trying to find every website and signing up.

Hi YorkshireLad - Wishing you all the best in your recovery and I'm glad you're cracking the habit at 20 years old - you've got a whole life that needs to be lived without having to deal a gambling habit that'll do its best to destroy it.

And I'm so glad I dropped into this diary - I've just registered to GAMStop and it feels like a perfect start to the day. 

Gamstop is great takes a real weight off your shoulders straight away. Day 4 done work was quiet today and I would’ve usually gambled today but good blocks in place and my mind is currently in a different place, did some more training tonight and just reading a few diaries before bed. Trying to stay focused and consistent. 

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Wed, 09/05/2018 - 16:38

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Checking back in on Day 10 gamble free had a hectic bank holiday which consisted of drinking a lot of alcohol and enjoy the rare sunshine in the UK. Can’t say gambling has crossed my mind too much since i last checked in when it has done I’ve just occupied my mind with something else and let the thoughts pass. 

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Thu, 24/05/2018 - 11:15

YorkshireLad

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2017-11-07

Day 25 - thought it would be a good opportunity to check in, as its payday tommorow and don’t want to fall into bad habits I’ve had a month more or less no thoughts of gambling, why should that change tommorow because I have a bit more money in my pocket. It shouldn’t change it at all staying positive. 

Posted on:
Thu, 24/05/2018 - 20:15

sjw

Joined:
2017-10-27

Hello YorkshireLad

Its true the next few days and weeks will show how much you want to stop. Why wait til then to work out if the blocks are good enough? What blocks do you have and how might you be able to gamble if you were to choose to? Cut them roads off and you can have another calm and financially stable 25+ days to follow.

All the best.

Posted on:
Wed, 13/06/2018 - 16:07

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 45 - Still feeling good, World Cup tommorow need to stay strong and not give in to temptation. 

Posted on:
Wed, 13/06/2018 - 17:21

Leedsfan333

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2018-05-30

Well done YL! I agree sports betting can be easier to try to think you can control small bets, but it’ll always get you in the end

Posted on:
Tue, 26/06/2018 - 10:33

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 58 - just been paid. My mate showed me a winning slip of a treble on the horses cashed out for 670 before the last race. Had got me thinking today about betting but I’m sure I’ll be okay. 

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Tue, 26/06/2018 - 10:49

Muststop123

Joined:
2017-10-03

Hi YorkshireLad

Well done on the 58 days, that is great going.

The £670 your mate won is completely irrelevent to any of us - we would only then lose it and more over the following days/weeks. Keep strong. 

Muststop123

 

Posted on:
Tue, 26/06/2018 - 10:51

Tim1984

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2018-06-06

YorkshireLad wrote:

Day 58 - just been paid. My mate showed me a winning slip of a treble on the horses cashed out for 670 before the last race. Had got me thinking today about betting but I’m sure I’ll be okay. 

Stay strong YorkshireLad........remember allot of people only talk about the winnings and never the losses. Think about that aswell

Well done on your 58 days thats a awesome achievemeny......Me personally am up to 97 days GF

Posted on:
Tue, 26/06/2018 - 14:54

Magnetism

Joined:
2017-12-15

Hello,

I registered with GAMstop too...Just to make sure I dont end up online gambling. Thanks for mentioning it!

Posted on:
Fri, 14/09/2018 - 00:45

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

So guys I am back...unfortunately I fallen into the trap of gambling...when the football game on having the odd accumulator here and there then I won a few hundred pounds and thought it may be the start of something and back I was luckily I’ve not even lost a quarter of the money I won but that’s not the point I don’t want to fall back into that trap. So here I am my last bet was on the 13th September 2018. Signed up to GamStop, Self Excluded local bookies and I have Gamban installed on my phone although there is a way around that which I am going to email them about tommorow. Seen as it is officially Friday now I can call this day 1 to the rest of my happy and stress free life. Happy days indeed!

Posted on:
Fri, 14/09/2018 - 17:48

chartom3

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2015-03-11

Get those blocks in place even stronger  this time mate, its never easy after a relapse so well done on getting back on track so soon you know what has to be done as you have been here before ...... my vice was football betting as well and i once thought i could not enjoy a match unless i had  a bet on  it, but things do get better with time and i now enjoy watching matches for what they are .... all the best and keep making the right choices as you know its the better option.

Posted on:
Fri, 14/09/2018 - 17:55

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

chartom3 wrote:

Get those blocks in place even stronger  this time mate, its never easy after a relapse so well done on getting back on track so soon you know what has to be done as you have been here before ...... my vice was football betting as well and i once thought i could not enjoy a match unless i had  a bet on  it, but things do get better with time and i now enjoy watching matches for what they are .... all the best and keep making the right choices as you know its the better option.

100% mate. I dread saturdays now the mornings can be unbearable thinking about betting seeing my mates with all there accas on, but I know we are programmed differently to normal people and there is now no such thing as a harmless bet. 

Posted on:
Fri, 14/09/2018 - 23:01

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 1 done. Busy day at work, few beers after and a game of snooker to keep myself busy. Had gambling thoughts on my mind at work but afterwards kept myself busy and didn’t think of them at all. 

Posted on:
Sat, 15/09/2018 - 07:42

ALN

Joined:
2018-08-25

Well done in starting again. As many have said before you're very young and if you can stop gambling now you have a great life ahead. If you don't this will lead to slavery, degradation, and eventually death.

Having gambled myself for over 33years and lost hundreds of hundreds of thousands, and been heavily in debt and close to suicide on a number of occasions I speak from experience.

If you can get along to a GA meeting in your area this may also help, as you'll hear a lot of stories, be able to share with others the daily issues that you're facing, as well as help others in their recoveries.

All the best.

ALN

Posted on:
Tue, 18/09/2018 - 00:54

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 2,3 and 4 boxed off. Saturday I played rugby and had our presentation night was hard not putting a small acca on before but all the blocks are in place and the urges went. Had a good night Saturday and went out for a few beers and a carvery Sunday afternoon which was good. Monday back at work no gambling urges at all and I’m only commenting on this at this time because I have been on call all night and only just finished happy days!!

 

Posted on:
Tue, 18/09/2018 - 23:09

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 5 work was good, went to the gym few of my mates were putting bets on for tonight’s games but I distanced myself from that conversation and concentrated on my workout. Got told I was getting a little rise at work starting in the end of November’s pay rise so I’m just working out what kind of savings account i can put it in to

Posted on:
Fri, 21/09/2018 - 23:42

YorkshireLad

Joined:
2017-11-07

Day 6,7 and 8 no gambling thoughts been going to the gym straight after work by the time I’ve got home and had some tea I’m that tired it’s more or less time for bed. I always used to gamble when I was bored and slowly I am filling that time with other things.