I have been gamble free around 47 days at the time I gambled I was distressed at the amount of time and money I lost.
However 47 days later I'm struggling emotionally more than ever as i use to gamble when stressed. I'm receiving counselling and medications but still just feel so down ..how do you cope when feeling so low ?
Stace86 is right you need something else to relieve your stress...the healthier the better.
Gambling is not a stress release. From the large amounts i've bet it only adds to the stress and worry.
I have recently commited to the gym and stopped smoking and am feeling better with each passing day.
The thoughts of gambling and the stress it has caused me will remain but you will learn from it and it will make you stronger.
Good luck and keep fighting.
Yes it was true for me.
When you feel emotionally vulnerable what do we do.
In most cases talking to a like minded recovery person will help your fears reduce.
It was important for me to fill my time with productive things to do.
I use to fear computers, now computers are daily tool which I use freely and no longer fear.
Each day I write down my needs to do things, I write down my want to do things, I write down my goals to do things, when I write things down it is my commitment to myself.
It is important to seperate your self with people with addiction and obsessions that are not in a recovery program.
At meetings it is possible to relate to other people experiences bot healthy and unhealthy, from them we will see our self in them.
Over time we will learn to articulate our feelings and emotions and understand them better.
Our unhealthy reactions are a kind of honesty that we are not healed from our past pains.
I needed to understand that recovery means healing, I was not able to heal if I was not acknowledging my pains and my unhealthy reactions to people life and situations.
It takes time to not live in fear, it takes time to understand that we are just emotionally vulnerable.
Over a healthy time of healing guilt shame regret remorse will be replaced with pride and respectful values.
Love and peace to every one
AKA Dave of Beckenham