Hi guys posted a couple of times on here about my struggles to kick this hellish habit that grips us all in one way or another.
So the last few months I did pretty well staying away from the slots that for me are my biggest issue among many I admit. However over the past 2 weeks I have won the equivalent to a months wages in those 2 weeks felt on top of the world until today.
Lost around a couple of hundred quid on the slots in the bookies playing fortune spins was a kick in the teeth after feeling so good the last few weeks but this loss has just brought me back down to earth with a bang. I'm still in a pretty healthy position IE still up massively but my mind is telling me to go back the money will be won back.
I genuinely want to stop gambling but as I've said before any gust of wind seems to blow me into an arcade or bookies.
Recently I got an amazing new job that I never thought I would get but in between clients I'm spending all my time on the slots and I have been late for a few clients in the process not been caught yet but as I'm still in my probation period the slightest slip up could cost me my job especially when it comes to gambling.
So in summary how do you go about staying away from gambling after a big win and staying away for good. As this is actually ruining my head and in the process could potentially risk my job.
Thanks for reading in advance any advice would be appreciated.
Thank you for posting on the GamCare Forum. I am sure our other users will offer you the advice and support you are looking for.
It sounds like things are feeling difficult for you right now. You don't mention if you have spoken to our advisers before but they are available 24/7 on the Helpline and through our Livechat option. They can talk through the urges you are having and ways to help work through this. They can also refer you for free one to one treatment which might be beneficial as it sounds like gambling is starting to effect your new job.
You might also want to take a look at MOSES - here you can self exclude from betting shops.
For now, take care and keep posting.
If you've got a problem then it's pretty much impossible to stay away after a win. We would all do that if it was easy but for compulsive or problem gamblers it's not that simple.
The only thing that's true is if you stay away from the first bet there can't be a second one, or in my case, a thousandth one.
If you can accept your lot from now, up or down, and draw a line in the sand that says your gambling is finished you'll be more of a winner than chasing a dream.