I’ve been gambling since I was at school so that’s 40+ years, did I think I had a gambling problem no, just thought I was rubbish at picking winners. Don’t seem to be in relationships very long, did I think my gambling had anything to do with it, no. Never go away on holidays because I never had any money, did I think my gambling had anything to do with it, no. The money I’ve lost over the years I can’t do anything about. My biggest regret is I never got help sooner with my gambling, things could of been so much different. Day 17 GF hasn’t been easy so far and I don’t expect it’s going to get any easier but I’ll give it my best shot.
It is never too late to stop gambling and I respect your honesty and intention to refrain. I know what you mean about the detrimental effects of gambling, such as breakdown of relationships and never having enough money to do the things you want to do. I too have been gambling for about 40 years and it hurts. But I know that I am responsible for my own mistakes and can only look to the future. All the best mate.
I’ve been gambling since I was at school so that’s 40+ years,
. My biggest regret is I never got help sooner with my gambling, things could of been so much different.
You sound remarkably like me. In the early days of my recovery I couldn't stop focusing on the lost opportunities, the missed chances to stop (I first went to GA in 1988), the sheer waste of my life.
I still have days like that, but not nearly as many.
If you are 54 years old and male, your life expectancy is another 28 years - if you are in good health (and got good genes) it will be more than that.
Imagine what you can do with those 28 years or more.