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I have decided enough is enough gambling is ruining my life and I feel so bad every time I gamble it cant go on anymore have a 2 year old daughter I have to stop for her and my fiancé , I have blown all my savings and borrowing from friends and family telling them lies just to get money to gamble with and I have been honest with those closest to me now and I am now on the road to recovery. I know it is going to be hard but just like everyone else on here we have to start somewhere and today is the day that I change my life. 

Posted : 12th October 2021 2:36 pm

Hi, well done for making the start by coming on here. You will find nothing but help from fellow members who were all once where you are right now. Make sure you have all the blockers in place on your devices and with your bank for when the urge arise. What's done is done, you can't change the past. It's what happens going forward thats important.

Good luck and keep posting, we are all here to help each other out of the mess we have created, and believe me it can be done with the blockers and support available.

Posted : 12th October 2021 5:16 pm

Hi Jam,

Welcome to the forum and congratulations on making the most important decision of your life.

Your life will improve instantly. Be aware of the small changes because they are important. You may begin to sleep better, your moods may be more stable etc. Every benefit you notice is important.

You may encounter a difficult day or an argument at home or at work. This is normal life stuff and shouldn’t threaten your quit. The day will end, the argument be over but your quit will still be alive. Your quit is crucial. Hold onto it.

Sometimes people talk about a void when quitting after the first few weeks. This is normal. For most, we spent so much time and energy on gambling that when we stop there is all this time to fill. For me, this time gave me the opportunity to become healthier, fitter, more intelligent, a better dad etc. Fill this time with new things. I run. Its hard but I love the way it makes me feel afterwards like I am accomplishing something good - I am bettering myself and becoming fit, healthy and strong. The opposite of what I was - weak and sick in body and mind.

At the beginning I would quietly pat myself on the back in bed at night, say well done and then think of five things that I was grateful for. This helps.

Good luck.


Posted : 12th October 2021 6:13 pm

Hi Jamie,

You've done the hardest thing... telling the people closest to you and asking for help. Look into GamStop and GamBan. They are good blocks for those weak moments.

You'll have good days and bad days. Just take it one day at a time.

Good luck.

Posted : 12th October 2021 6:20 pm
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