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18 days gamble free and no support  


I just needed to post here because I’m 18 days into no gamble and I’m finding it hard. I used gambling fir many years as an escape from life c**P. I’m surrounding by c**P and I have bad mental health issues. I do have a therapist who I see once a week.

I just need to vent, I live with my mum and tonight she was (in my opinion) so selfish. I have advert blocks for the TV channels I watch so I don’t have to sit through 10+ gambling adverts a night, I find them highly triggering.

She comes in, turns on a channel without the advert block and within 5 minutes there’s 3 adverts on back to back. I asked her to turn the channel off because I find it triggering, she refuses and kicks off saying I should just not look. 

Im so annoyed that she’s that thoughtless about something like this. She doesn’t see why it’s an issue or why it’s selfish despite knowing how triggering the adverts are for me,


sorry just need to vent 

Posted : 26th October 2020 11:00 pm

Hi Lola, sorry your going through this, however well done on 18 days gambling free. 

I also find the ads very triggering and can fully understand. I just don't think many people understand the seriousness when it comes to gambling and its very frustrating. 


Keep reaching out on here so you have a place to vent. Best wishes x


Posted : 26th October 2020 11:17 pm
Forum admin

Hello @lola0612,

Well done on your 18 days without gambling. It can be really hard when people don't understand your gambling or your triggers, and seem so unsupportive to your recovery.

We're here to support you, so anytime that you need you can contact us on our Helpline (0808 8020 133) or Netline (our webchat service). Our advisers are available 24 hours a day to listen non-judgmentally and offer advice and support as you need. 

Keep reaching out and posting here.

All the best,

Forum Admin

Posted : 27th October 2020 5:14 am

Hi Lola those stupid adverts are a trigger for many gamblers we were actually talking about it at my GA meeting last night. One guy said the one advert has the background music of one of his favourite songs, and that song is totally ruined for him as when he hears it now he feels angry. I'm nearly 5 months gamble free now and the adverts now only make me feel sad not for me but for people like yourselves who find them a trigger. I'm sorry your mum is unsupportive  with this people who are not compulsive gamblers don't understand , but despite how you are feeling you are not gambling and that's really good and positive. Take it easy on yourself lola

Posted : 27th October 2020 9:13 am

@lola0612 hi Lola. Congrats on making it to 18 days.

I stopped for 6 months on willpower alone but then fell off the cliff massively because I thought I was over it and then was worse than ever.

Can I ask what you mean by a tv ad blocker? I've never heard of anything like that before. How does that work on live telly?

Posted : 27th October 2020 9:20 am
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