Hi I’m 9419andOut
im 43 and started gambling 9419:days ago and stopped for the third time Friday 13th March, as of today I’m 11 days GF.
Last Thursday I came clean with my wife (of 18 months together for 8 years) for the third time, this time she ripped off her wedding rings, told my to go, told me it wS over, that was it....
3 days of anger poured out from her very soul into mine, 3 days of tears and fear, I did that to her, through lying, manipulating her and losing £1000’s and £1000’s in the last 14 months since last relapse maxing out two credit cards, getting a 5 year loan and maxing out my o/d, as I sit here typing this, 4 days have passed, my amazing wife and I have put the building blocks in place to try, step by step, day by day to go forwards, I’ve taken owner ship of my mistakes, I’ve removed my name from the joint savings and ensured all the debts in my names so she will never be effected, oh, and I’ve just been made redundant as a GM in the hospitality industry.
I was going to my first group GA this week butnCovid-19 put paid to that, I’m making lists, calling debters, job searching and using Gamcare, and have self excluded from the nearest 50 betting shops (I was a heavy cash better dogs/horses, never online).
Everything is now in my control, I can finally be the master of my own destiny, will I ever bet again? I don’t know, do I ever want to lose my wife and see her that emotionally destroyed ever again? I’d sooner die.
this is for her, she’s my everything, I need support, I need help but I’m stronger than I’ve ever been as I’ve had a glimpse of life without her, and it’s just not possible.
my name is 9419andOut and I’m a compulsive gambler, 11 days GF
thx for reading Xx
Hi, Well done for those first 11 days... this is a major breakthrough for you and choosing to walk this journey again just have taken some heavy heart guts... so this is why you deserve the ‘Well Done...’
Just so you know we are all here thinking of you and sending you our best thoughts and hopes for your gambling free future!
If you REALLY want to stop gambling then promise yourself to just keep opening up this website, even every hour at the start if needed, if you think your brain is stretching you away And tempting you to the ‘other’ actual gambling sites...!
There is a triangle of three important things i use to stop me from gambling... simply this;
Stop ANY one of these three things then you CANT gamble. SIMPLE.
Take away your money... give ALL access to your money, cards, bank accounts, loans, cash, EVERYTHING monetary wise, to someone you can trust and know will look after it to support you.
Take away your time... All the time you spent gambling now has to be filled with something else... I chose to write a journal to record all my thoughts about my gambling and how its hurt people around me...? I wrote for about four or five weeks solid... BUT I did not gamble in that time so it worked for me..
Access... Denying yourself access to something that you feel is a given right is a difficult thing to accept for most of us, but is most likely the MOST important thing for you, or someone very close to you, to undertake. Self-Exclude immediately is my advice, from wherever you can. Then, once this is done, GET SOMEONE ELSE to go onto each and EVERY site you EVER used to gamble and self-exclude from ALL of them... forget any ‘pence or pounds’ you have on any account, its gone! Give over your phone, iPads and access to any pC,s etc... Sounds a bit strong but if you do this then the embarrassment and shame WILL help you to stop... but will ALSOI give your friend/partner a tiny bit of confidence that you REALLY mean this!
Remember... you ONLY need to remove ONE of these things to stop yourself gambling. If you remove two or all of them then great, you will have given yourself the best of chances.
I wish you the best in your journey and just know that whatever you have felt or done to support your gambling then there are thousands that have done much worse, but have come out the other side better people.
Thank you for posting. I went through similar with my husband. I made the decision to quit about 6 months ago. The lying and manipulation are terrible with gambling. You sound like you really love her and you've had a taste of life without her. This should be enough to make you wanna quit.
Thing is you have to want to quit FOR YOU! only you have the key to your success and your the only one that can stand in your way.
I've had CBT on here you could try that I stead of meetings. It worked for me and opened my eyes.
I also read a book by Alan Carr. He made me think of things differently too. It is worth a read. I was skeptical but it helped me MASSIVELY
now i am 194 days gf, I never thought I'd made it to 10 after ten years.
YOU CAN DO THIS