It's over 4 months since I started taking naltrexone. It's a miracle drug that seems to have transformed my life. The only place you can get it from is the problem gambling clinic in London. They don't hand it out like smarties, I was at the most desperate time of my life and was lucky they prescribed it to me. Not only am I free from compulsive gambling thoughts but I no longer drink alcohol which is massive too. I have a long history of depression and when I'd start spiraling downhill I'd take to the drink and then end up gambling. I still have bad days but what's changed is I no longer have thoughts of gambling. I realized how lucky I am because I doubt I'd still be here otherwise.
I am now seeking employment and life has gone from hopeless to optimistic. For people who struggle with depression I must say how exercise has transformed my moods also. Get a cheap membership at the gym. I started by walking on the treadmill and after the first session I noticed a change. It gets the feel-good endorphins flowing in your brain and has helped me immensely.
Congrats! I also tried it. It didn’t help with gambling but definitely with alcohol. I struggle with depression too. I didn’t use it as prescribed, rather did the “Sinclair “ method (at least I think that’s what it was named...was a while back now). As for exercise, I know it would help but I can’t seem to get motivated. And thank you GC for resetting passwords. I somehow lost mine. Apathy took over so I never pursued getting a new one. Still not sure how often or if I’ll be posting. One day at a time. Keep up the good work! Still hope the “oldies” who were supporting so many are still active here.
I'm shocked that the Naltrexone hasn't helped with your gambling. Sorry to hear that. I'm terrified that one day it will stop working but right now I haven't had a thought of having a bet, I even watched the Grand National. Good to hear Naltrexone has helped with the drink. As for the gym, i'm fortunate as it's only a 5 minute walk from my flat. Even going for a long walk gets the feel-good endorphins flowing. It has been proved by Harvard and all the boffins that exercise is the key to beating depression.
All the best
I'm unemployed and get it free as I'm claiming universal credits. However, today I got a letter from the doctors asking me to see him regarding my Naltrexone prescription. If he decides to stop prescribing it I'm [email protected] basically.
I've just hit rock bottom with this stuff and will finally be going to see my doctor on Monday to ask for help, because its gotten to the point where I've lost 10kg because I gamble my food money and go weeks without eating.
Does anyone else have any experiences with this or other drugs they could share and how they help reduce the compulsion to gamble?
Welcome to Gam Care and thank you for your forum post.
I am concerned to hear some of the details of your situation and am pleased that you are intending to speak with your GP on Monday,
If you do need immediate assistance please do contact us on our netline or on the helpline on 0808 8020 133 both available 24 hours a day.
Wishing you all the very best,
Thanks for your post and your concern but firstly, I haven't gambled for 168 and have no intention to and secondly I now have terminal cancer so gambling isn't at the top of my list right now lol. Don't feel ad for me, it;s a blessed relief that my life will end sometime in the next 3-8 months. I'm being supported. What i will say is thank you for trying to help people like myself. I have no doubt that yoiur support saves and changes lives.
All the best to everyone here.
My thoughts & prayers are with you. Not sure you and i have ever talked on each others diaries but i've read so many of your posts. As a kid i know you didn't have the best start in life, yet despite this you've fought like a trojan & have been through things a lot of people couldn't cope with. Despite your addiction you've been a tower of strength & a beacon of light for so many fighting this wretched addiction.
Stand Tall & Be Proud
Sincere Best Wishes