I've realised that only way i can beat this is to stay in completely. I went out on Friday 1st time in months 4hr later I'm 200 down just going on bandits in pubs it's a nightmare I just can't do it if could selfexclude from pubs I would back to square one and I WILL BEAT THIS.. I've had enough worrying crying etc..
Pete sorry to hear about what your going through.
I would suggest not taking your cards out when you do go out and just enough cash for a night out.
Gambling takes so much from us but you can get your life together one day at a time.
Have you attended a GA meeting or spoken to a counciller it may help you get you back in a better mindset.
A difficult situation as i was also addicted to the FOBT in bookies and pubs.
The only solutions for me were not to carry any cash or cards and if i did only visiting pubs with no fruit machines.
Even now when out i will sit as far away from the machines as possible. Difficult to watch people stuffing 20's in for a ton jackpot.
Sorry about the relapse & what youre going through. Its done now and the moneys gone all you can do is pick yourself up and try again. Next time you have a strong urge to gamble who knows you might be able to use this in a positive way. Just think about how youre feeling right now and remember it next time the urges come. Look forward to hearing from you on chatline. Dont give up.
Good suggestions about not taking cards or excess money out.
However alcohol & gambling is a pretty bad mix and even if you don't have cash to gamble, its easy to be drawn to watching someone else playing which in itself is a slippery slope
One of the flip sides of pub closures is the number of new licensed premises that open (bars, micro pubs etc).
All of which never seem to have bandits (at least in my city).