I’m back again and know that I have had a real gambling problem for the last 5 years, although i’m 42 and have always liked a bet on all sports. Moving to Roulette was my downfall and now I can’t go back to sensible betting on what I used to enjoy. The money i’ve Lost over the years and especially the last 5 is really getting me down and I find it really hard to let go. I know that the longer you gamble the more you will lose so why do I put myself through it. Trying to focus on my family and keeping myself active in the gym and playing football but i’m Not sure this is enough. I need to get through the next 6 months without betting for me to really start feeling better and my finances will be in a better shape. Like everyone here i’m Sure, I wish I never put my first bet on cos the damage it does to my mental health is significant. I’ve stopped before for 8 months and thought i’d Cracked it and I can go back to football accumulators etc, however 6 months later I realise I can never gamble again.
Day 2 GF.
We are in a similar situation. I just turned 42 the other day, loved a footie bet but progressed onto FBT's and online roulette/blackjack.
Have a read around my posts and I'll catch up with you soon. Well done for being here....sorry that you are....you know the drill. Head down and get through these first few weeks. All the best.
I’ve been ten years on roulette. There’s a reason why it’s called devils wheel!
I totally get you. I’m struggling too to let go of all the effort I’ve gone to and letting go is so hard
it was an ex that got me into it and then left. My partner now is very very supportive
i picture my exes face laughing at me, loosing all the time. For now that image is enough to make me stop. But I’m only 1 day in!
I let go by thinking about it being a boxing match , me stepping into a ring with an opponent that's a Heavyweight and me a flyweight and about how many beating's I would keep taking before I allowed it to win and admit defeat ? .
The odd's are always stacked against us yet we refuse to believe we'll never be beaten such is the power of addiction ? .
It's funny but the only time I've ever been able to stop is to let gambling win and say enough's enough you can have it , that way if I'm not after revenge then there's no point in going back ? .
Use whatever you need fella's as any day you don't bet is a good day :))
Thanks everyone for your comments and support. I signed up to GAMSTOP for 5 years last year so my online problem has been eradicated. My problem now is having the will power to not go in the shops. I know what I need to do but like before it takes time to rewire my Brain to not wanting to bet. I’m only on my second day GF but the thought of one more bet keeps popping in my mind. Need to stay strong and get through to the first milestone which is 7 days for me. Then it will be a month, 1 year etc.
Great place to start is here, sharing thoughts and reading others stories.
I am in the same situation as you, although I now feel the time has never been better to quit this as the fobt roulette has been reduced to 2 quid and the chance of using gamban for 5 years can seriously limit how and how much we can use on this awful game.
The time is now and the help is there. You can do this
Roulette is what caused all of this as everything since has been trying to recoup my original loss.
FOBT’s are not a problem since the reduction of the maximum stake and my online access is blocked. However my problem now is increased stakes on football bets which I wouldn’t have done previously. They used to be £10 but now they are £100.
However I think at last I have come to my senses as I know that that money will never be won back. I’ve added up my debt and it’s not pretty so I need to knuckle down for 2 long years to get myself out of debt.
Day 4 GF. Here’s to a better life.
Me too, just struggled to reset my password but here I am again. But feeling positive. I barred myself from the local casinos. So can’t go in there. I have never done online thank goodness. I have found the greatest help limiting how much cash I can withdraw each day. But nevertheless i am here but not in such a bad place as last time. I confessed at my doctors surgery today and she advised me to get help. I am disappointed in myself. s
Day 5 and full of positive thoughts for the future. Haven’t spent a penny even though I have funds available. The weekend always brings a challenge, but don’t have anything planned so won’t be tempted to go near a bookies hopefully. Life is short so why do I want to carry on being consumed by this terrible disease. Onwards and upwards for a better life, which is GF.
Day 11 GF, and no real thoughts of gambling. Thoughts of what I have lost over the years constantly enter my mind, trying to persuade me to gamble I suppose. I can win it back or at least some of it. I know that’s not the case but need to stay strong and focus on the end goal. It may take months and years but I know that it’s the only solution for a better life for me and my family. Good luck to everyone on their personal journeys.