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A hard 10 days  

Battle of time

Hello all,

Have been reading posts for over a week now and they really help me and I can relate to them on so many levels. 

I have been gambling for 10 years now, started when I was 16 little bets at the weekend and as you get older and get pay checks you start to bet more and the more it sucks you in. I only bet on sports no machines or fruits. I haven’t bet online for 2-3 years. On many occasions I have been scraping by month to month waiting for my next pay day and they cycle repeats itself.  I have debts of just under 5k which I know I can get rid of if I just stop gambling and live my life gamble free

I am now 10 days in and I have gave up before for months but then I tell myself that I am in control but I will never be in control of my betting and I just have to cut it out all together. I know it is a long hard road  and I am feeling good about it today and i hope this continues. I will keep this updated and I hope someone reads this and it helps someone like some of your posts have done for me. 

One day at a time - today I haven’t gambled


Posted : 9th October 2019 10:49 pm
Forum admin

Hi @battle-of-time

Thank you for sharing on the forum and well done for not gambling today. You sound really determined to stop gambling. 

I would really encourage you to contact us on 0808 8020 133 or on our net line to look at other areas where we can support you. 

We look forward to hearing from you, 

Take care

Forum Admin


Posted : 10th October 2019 5:31 am

Keep at it and understand it’s a big commitment, no more gambling, it’s not easy but good luck with it.

plan, plan and plan your days,

Posted : 10th October 2019 9:49 am
Battle of time

Another day down today, I still think about gambling a lot but it is getting easier and I look forward to seeing my number of days go up each day and I would hate my clock to have to reset to 0 

The weekend is always a struggle for me but I have plans both days this weekend that should keep my mind off gambling.




Posted : 10th October 2019 11:18 pm

Welcome to the diaries.

You have taken the first and most important step by acknowledging that gambling has had a detrimental effect on your life and you have expressed a desire to stop it.

Here on the recovery diaries you are amongst friends who can empathise with your situation. We don't judge one another, though on occasion one might offer support, advice and encouragement if it is considered appropriate.

We are up against an insidious addiction and it takes courage, wisdom and common sense to overcome the urges to gamble. 

I wish you every success as you battle to reclaim your life.



Posted : 11th October 2019 8:45 pm
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