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I have just joined here today as i have taken the long overdue decision to quit gambling.

I have been a gambler for 15 years or so, back in the first 5 years it wasnt a issue more a interest and a bit of fun.Then i started to gamble more regular and higher stakes.This past 5 years has been the worst i have ran up credit cards, took a loan to clear them and ran them up again.


I have a good job and i am not behind with any bills or payments, i have ran up debts that will take about 3 years to clear but i have to try accept that.I suppose with taking the decision to quit the fact i will pay for my stupidity for 3 years is hard to take.


I have never been a person who gambled every day i was more of a binge gambler.I regularly would go weeks and months without a bet but then go on a binge for days or even a week or 2.


Football and horses were my thing and i would mainly go into the bookies,this past 2 years i have been doing it online but also gambling on casiono games or virtual stuff 


I have self excluded from all local bookies and signed up to gamstop.


Look forward to feedback

Posted : 26th November 2020 3:20 pm
Forum admin

Hi  Kingston22,

Welcome to the Forum and well done for posting. Congratulations on making the decision to stop gambling. 

Sorry to hear that you have been struggling with things, in particular the past five years.

It's good that you are able to work and have no outstanding debts but I can give you a couple of contacts who can offer advice and support on this if needed.

National Debtline – 0808 808 4000,

StepChange – 0800 138 1111,

Also well done on the self exclusion that you have taken out. Please feel free to contact the GamCare Helpline on 0808 8020 133 or Netline to explore the additional support available to you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you would like to talk to one of the GamCare HelpLine advisers.

All the best 


Forum Admin 


This post was modified 2 months ago 2 times by Forum admin
Posted : 26th November 2020 9:33 pm

Hey Kingston22

i am on same journey.  I have gambled for 10 years losing 40k in total.  For 8.5 years a steady drip drip of gambling, mainly football online.  This last 18 months has escalated like crazy mainly due to getting a liking for slots.  Can’t believe that I only tried an online slot for the first time in June 19.  Its November 20 now and looking back on a wasted 20k!  Definitely time to kick the habit.  Like you I have put exclusions and bocks in place now.  I want to get out of the clutches of this addiction.


Posted : 27th November 2020 12:43 am

Jeany your journey sounds so similar to mine. Kingston you will 100% get there i promise you. It won't be easy and you need to not be too hard on yourself if you relapse x

Posted : 27th November 2020 1:27 pm

Hi thanks for taking the time to reply.

How many days are you gf? 

Posted : 27th November 2020 3:25 pm

Maybe try to think of it like by stopping now you are saving future years of losses by cutting it out altogether.  At this time be thankful for a job and circumstance whereby it will only take three years, I've seen much worse on here.  I've also seen older people on here lose their pension pot and have to continue working long into retirement so plan for your savings and retire on time and enjoy old age ..... All the best mate hope this helps Adam c u on chat

Posted : 27th November 2020 4:48 pm

Hi Kingston you have taken first important steps admitting that you have a problem with gambling and blocking access to gambling. I know it's not easy especially as you have debt to repay, I know what that feels like but I'm 6months gamble free and 6months closer to repaying my stupidness and it feels good. Set your mind to repaying debt and also treat yourself with something other than gambling. Hope you find your way into recovery

Posted : 27th November 2020 7:43 pm

Hi Kingston22, well done on taking the decision to stop gambling and for being pro-active at putting stops in place. I'm 2 1/2 years GF now and will have cleared my debts in just under 6 months so my repayment plan is something similar to what you have, I feel like a different person now but I do keep visiting this site to keep my feet on the ground and to keep it real. It seems like a long road ahead but keep working at it and it will have really positive effects on your wellbeing. All the best to you !

Posted : 28th November 2020 12:04 am
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