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imuzbmad
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I have had a gambling problem for a long time, 10yrs+. Things escalated when I broke my leg last July and tried to alleviate my boredom with a 'little game of online bingo'. Well, this got completely out of hand, especially when I started to play the online slots. I am now in a right financial mess. I have installed 'Gamblock' on my laptop which has been a Godsend. I haven't gambled (apart from the occasional scratchcard) for a few weeks now. I do not count the days as I view it as a day-by-day battle. I am still struggling with daily urges and 'gambling voices' but have resisted this far. I tried GA but felt very uncomfortable, being the only woman.

Ever hopeful.

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Posted : 12th October 2008 5:50 am
bandit
(@bandit)

Hi, and welcome, you are in the right place for lots of support and ideas. I am a slots addict and like you have been at it for years, not online, going to local arcades, and have self excluded which like gamlock is a must. No longer an option to go, guess I could travel elsewhere but so far have resisted. Keep reading others diaries and you will find all will be supportive and it sounds like you are doing pretty well so far resisting, Best Wishes Bandit (female too)

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Posted : 12th October 2008 9:04 am
john53
(@john53)

hi good to see you have started a diary just want to wish you all the best stay strong together we can all beat this adiction we have

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Posted : 12th October 2008 4:49 pm
imuzbmad
(@imuzbmad)

sorry to be so miserable but am feeling really low. I know i used gambing as an escape from reality, now I'm not gambling I am really struggling with depression. Is this common? How do we get out of this? I'm on anti-depressants but not sure how much they're helping. Please say that there is light at the end of the tunnel because it seems so dark right now.

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Posted : 13th October 2008 4:30 am
Recovering
(@recovering)

Hi there,

I'm a slot addict myself. I played scratchcards when I could not get to a slot room or casino. I too gambled for over 11 years.

Keep going to GA. I'm sure it is different with a bunch of men, but there will be wisdom in that room that you can't get anywhere else. Are there other GA meetings close to you that you can attend?

The first days are going to be hard and depressing. Without our beloved machines playing their addictive tunes, you have to think about and face the things you tried to escape from. Just stay on the path. One day at a time is all you can do.

It will get better after a couple of months. Be strong and keep posting. We are here for you.

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Posted : 13th October 2008 4:32 pm
imuzbmad
(@imuzbmad)

thanks recovering. It's good to get any support there is.

Feeling a bit more optimistic today.

Didn't gamble today.

Still hopeful.

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Posted : 14th October 2008 2:03 am
stevey
(@stevey)

One day at a time is all any of us have. Useit wisely.

Best wishes

Steve E

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Posted : 15th October 2008 5:09 pm
imuzbmad
(@imuzbmad)

Thought I'd post on this old thread of mine as the title is really relevant.

I have been reading the posts on tjis site and I really want to gamble right now. I find this increases loads when people post details about their gambling, particularly when they describe wins. It doesn't even matter if they go on to say that they lost it all, and more.

Does anyone else find this happening to them? I am writing this to tell myself NOT TO GAMBLE.

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