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Seeing light at the end of the tunnel  


Hi all

I joined a while ago but this is my first post. I have had a gambling problem for a couple of years. Managed to keep it from my husband as I dealt with all paying of bills so juggled with Peter to pay Paul, all ways making sure I had money to gamble. Online slots my downfall, never bothered with betting shops or sports betting.

All came to ahead in November when money just wouldn't stretch anymore, everyone wanted paying and we was a few months in arrears. Confessed all to husband, he knew about the gambling just didn't realise how bad it was.

I told my main creditors and surprisingly they where quite sympathetic and set up payment plans to sort out arrears, luckily not got too bad and will be cleared in a couple of months.

I've registered for Gamstop and self excluded from those which are not registered with Gamstop

I am now 47 days gamble free.

Just had a Christmas where we can buy pressies and not had to borrow any money and all bills are paid.

Feel like a huge weight has been lifted, not thinking about how the next bill would be paid and would I be able to "win back" what I had lost just to make ends meet. I have even put a days counter on my phone so I can see how far I have come. I can now get past payday without thinking I now have money to gamble with I can just go about everyday life with money in the bank, it sure feels good


Posted : 30th December 2018 8:40 pm

Well done K. You’ve made a great start and already noticing some differences. Don’t get complacent... that’s something you really need to focus on in the next 100-200 days.

Posted : 30th December 2018 9:05 pm

Yeah I know its a long struggle. I just know I don't want to feel like I did in November. Both of us working all month and nothing to show for it. I'm budgeting each month and updating husband where every pound goes so no hiding away from things

Posted : 30th December 2018 9:11 pm

You got this Kaz,
Set mini milestones.. When you get to 50 GF days and so on..

I am doing that, next mine is to get to 100 days.

Sounds like you got a fabulous husband too.

Bella xx

Posted : 2nd January 2019 10:17 pm

This is great to read! I am in a very similar situation to yours by the sound of it, but I am desperate to keep it from my partner (for various reasons), just 3 days GF after a silly season over Christmas. Reading good news stories keeps me going...

Posted : 3rd January 2019 11:32 pm
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