I've been gambling on and off for the last two years. I left the military in 2018 and unfortunately I got hooked by football betting. Within two years, I would estimate that I've lost close to 30-40K.
The blessing in my situation is I have never gambled to the point of being broke. I have spent all of my savings minus a few thousand but what I can't move on from is what could've been.
I realise now that chasing losses is the worst thing I can do but the urge and the lure of football matches keeps me sucked in.
There is obviously a lot more to this story and I hope and pray that one day I can kick this addiction into the ground.
Best of luck to everyone else here like me.
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Hello Jackson and welcome to the forum.
You've made a great decision to come here and if you feel the need there are people here that you can talk to for advice on putting practical actions in place to block and limit the chances of you gambling more of your money out of your account and into the bookies!
I can see one positive element already from your post. You have worked out that the major issue for you is the chasing of losses. I spout on about this a lot but only because it is the chasing that has caused problems for so many problem gamblers here. A lot of us feel we are in control and getting enjoyment from our gambling but there is something inside of us that doesn't allow us to accept going to sleep on a small loss, we have to at the very least got our initial stakes back. And the problem is that a lot of the time when we chase a loss we manage to succeed... and when we succeed we feel good about it (even though the logical view would be that risking thousands sometimes just to get back to where you started from is completely illogical behavior).
Accepting that you haven't the mental control of accepting a loss is in my opinion the first small step to recovery. It's not easy, you are fighting a hardcore addiction, but there are plenty of success stories on the forums to show that it is possible to turn everything around. Best of luck.