Hi all. I am new to this forum. I have struggled with gambling for many years and often stop but relapse. Over the years I dread to think how much I have lost but it must be near 100k. Anyway I had not had a bet for nearly 3 months (88 days) but have just relapsed and lost 400 quid. Compared to my old habits this is a small amount but considering my current financial situation it is a lot. Not sure what I think I will get from writing here but I am horrified as I have a son now and I just think what I could have for him for the money I keep wasting. Thank you for reading.
Welcome to the Forum. It is very difficult to accept when you relapse. However, Relapse happens as a result of complacency and forgetting how cunning, powerful and baffling problem gambling is. Pease do not be discouraged, you did it before and you can do it again. You have recognised the potential harms and have reached out for support.
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We look forward to hearing from you and in the meantime please keep sharing on our Forum where you will find others sharing their experience, strength and hope too.
Hi and welcome to the forum. Am much the same. Iv'e been a compulsive gambler for decades, have done some long stretches clean but ultimately succumb.
Maybe the thing is to try not to view your gambling in terms of money won and money lost. Like you say you may not have lost as much as in the past but then its all relative to available funds. Look at it more in terms of how its affecting your mental health and like you say the knock on effect of how it may impact on your sons life.
I find that reading and writing on here helps.
All the best
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