Hi, i'm Adam and i've ben struggling to control my gambling over the past fifteen years. I've been on this forum since 2015 and have taken that time to push myself towards putting all the correct blocks in place and overcoming my need and want to play poker and fruit machines. I started with online poker, moved to pub poker, casino poker and bookies football betting, one by one i excluded joined every bloking way i could but most importantly gamstop came out and ive not looked back. Im now for the first time in ten years on day 196 free from gambling almost on 200 and am looking to the first calender year free being 2019, but first 200 days to come. I'd like to think im not going to replapse but i know from experience that if i did relapse there would be support on here. I know we all do things differently and feel that this site should be full of positivity as we are starting a new life full of possibilities after what some on here have had which is endless negatives brought on be gambling (debt, homelessness, poverty, broken relationships, the list is endless. Lets all support and give advice to each other and look to our futures.
HI maria, leigh and kate, thanks for the posts. 200 days!!!! they have mounted up quickly. I firmly beleive that stopping drinking has been the ingrediant that has helped me to stop for soo long. i wont say its been easy however when i was drinking i would think many thought processes with mates that would result in gambling. money is definately not everything and making money was not the sole of gambling as it was enjoyable being with those friends and having those days out, however ive now gone nto a new era of life. im spending a lot more time with my family and am frequently in the gym. im eating more but am not too over weight. All my goals are being achieved not one by one but all at a time.
Well done mate, I’m reading more positive posts as a rule now, I need to see this can be done and draw inspiration from others, I’m already thinking of cheap ways to change my activity on night times and weekend, I’m ditching the laptop, computer and phone after 7pm, I simply don’t need it.The only “true” spirting passion in m6 life is my football team, I don’t need anything else, I will keep away from friends who gamble for fun, I don’t need them in truth, I want a life away from everything gambling , I’m early on the road to recovery but feel positive already, I’ve had no really bad thoughts of gambling at all.Good luck
a huge well done on 200 days, that is a huge achievement, especially considering how you were struggling in the early days when you first came to the Forum.
Keep up the good work, keep posting and keep looking after yourslef, it sounds like that is really the key.
All the very best,
coming up to day 250 , on day 247 today, looking forward not back is the key. In August i will hit the year mark I soo want to achieve, nothing except gambling will stay in my way. Lots to achieve this year, not smoking, not drinking, not gambling, get down to twelve stone six, improve my lungs thru all and sport.
up to day 340 and i have gambled 16 pounds In this time, I know I have gambled but I still consider this a success story. The only gambling ive done is 6 pound pub poker games recently which is all about entertainment rather than making money. I know its a slippery slop so ill be super careful. Looking forward to the twelth of August when ill celebrate the year mark even tho I've gambled ive changed my whole mindset. To make it clear ive got a spreadsheet of all my spending since 2015, and purely on everything spent after bills paid 2016 over 8000, 2017 5600 pounds, 2018 3000, and 2019 1200 pounds, ive not smoked or drunk all year or gambled and that's the difference its made.