I've just joined signed up to My GamCare after reaching rock bottom this year. I've been a compulsive gambler for over ten years and it's got to the point where I have to stop before it completely destroys my life. Over the years I have lost what I estimate to be in excess of xxx and have a mountain of debt. My compulsion has had a hugely detrimental effect on my mental and physical health and my relationship. I managed to stop gambling a few years ago and I vowed to get my life back on track and with help from others I had a good couple of years before gambling started to creep back into my life. As I sit here now I am wracked with feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and desperation which are all too familiar feelings for problem gamblers. I have taken the first steps towards trying to rebuild my life again as I know the future looks extremely bleak if I am not successful in beating my gambling addiction this time around.
Steps taken so far:
- Contacted GamCare in April of this year and have been fortunate enough to have been offered counselling starting late August
- Signed up with GamStop and self-excluded from active gambling accounts and have resisted the temptation to gamble for the past month
- Handed control of my money over to my girlfriend
Small steps and I know I have a long road ahead but I have to succeed this time around.
Hi new path, and welcome to the Forum.
Sorry to hear that you have had this difficult journey with gambling .
It's good to hear that you have been making positive steps in the right direction and that you have reached out for support.
Well done for making these steps and we wish you well in your recovery.
Please continue to post and share.