Gambling Addiction

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by WhyMeWhy, Sep 21, 2007.

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  1. WhyMeWhy

    WhyMeWhy Well-Known Member

    It's fun to gamble, too fun, too much fun, way too much fun. I lost my food money today because I've won before. $400+ a couple times & $125 others. The 1st 400 came from a nickel machine which I put like $10 into. That's like magic! Turning $10 into $400+??? Many small wins that I used to be able to walk away with happened, but not anymore, All small wins must be reinvested in the machines to get more money. I'm too greedy. It never used to be that way..... nowadays it's common. Like today:

    Hit 4 of a kind twice, once in the morning, once in the evening. It was four 3's which pay a little more than a regular 4 of a kind so I should have a little money right now....... yet I stayed on the machine after the win both times, hoping for more. It took all the money back. It's depressing to lose what you had the chance to keep. It never used to be like this. I used to walk if I had won a couple dollars. Now I fear that this may be one of the signs of addiction.
     
  2. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    My grandfather was a compulsive gambler, you have all the signs. Perhaps its time to look up Gamblers Anonymous?
     
  3. Puddytat

    Puddytat Well-Known Member

    oooh i cringe at the thought of giving all my money away for nothing, thats probably why i could never become addicted, even when i go gambling for fun and we set out some money to waste, i wanna cry :unsure:
    i lose most of it and then on the very last i usually win it all back but then thats it!!! it can be fun i guess if you win a lot, i like that too, but the thought of losing makes me incredibly uncomfortable. i dont have money to waste like that, if im gonna throw money away id rather get something in return for it, a nice shirt, beauty products, hell even food which doesnt last is better than nothing. i just dont get it, but i understand that it can become a problem for some ppl, hope you get some help, dont let it take over your life!
     
  4. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    like the saying goes "no when to hold em and know when to fold em" my brother is a compulsive gambler and he thinks like you, no offense. When hes up life is wonderful and couldn't be better, but when he loses it all he gets upset. I think you should do what Terry said and look into GA, because when you lose alot it can turn into a huge depression and people have been known to commit suicide b/c of it.

    Please stay safe
     
  5. WhyMeWhy

    WhyMeWhy Well-Known Member

    Ha! Even GA can't stop me. Those machines are everywhere. Convience stores & even grocery stores & of course Bars or casinos

    And I only gamble my own money, extra stuff that might be used to buy beer.
    It's not a big prob......... yet, I guess. The 1 thing that will stop me is to become rich/wealthy. Because money really does buy happiness, On a temporary basis anyway. If I keep gambling it's risky: Could win alot of money/could end up in the steet!

    God money I'll do anything for you
    God money just tell me what you want me to
    God money nail me up against the wall
    God money don't want everything he wants it all
     
  6. ~PinkElephants~

    ~PinkElephants~ Senior member

    when you are bankrupt, homeless etc. you will see the issue with your compulsive gambling and will want to change...i think righ tnow you are so into it you don't wnat to change at all.
     
  7. WhyMeWhy

    WhyMeWhy Well-Known Member

    Dude, I want to stop, but several factors are involved here:
    1. I have to get out of the house & do something. Isolating your self is very unhealthy mentally
    2. I can't resist the temptation of free money
    3. I'm optomistic when I start, but as soon as the credits are low I get nervous and anxiety attacks
    4. I feel very dissapointed and sad when I lose
    5. I've lucked out too many times before, so I feel lucky & want to take advantage of that
    6. I've won more times than I've lost
    7. Can't hold a job due to my mental status, how will I get money to live?????????
    8. Family has a history of addictive personality, so I've one
     
  8. LetItGo

    LetItGo Staff Alumni

    Your not alone, and the reasons you stated for doing it apply to 90% of gamblers. Ya there are some professionals that work the margins, the percentages, systems, but most are looking for that instant hit of cash that magically turns things around.

    The odds are insane on slot machines, and the jackpots, in a lot of places aren't necessarily life changing either. The odds are better on casino games, but the entry price is the killer. If your gonna gamble at the low end, stick to the horses/greyhounds....i dunno what else you have where you live.

    Gambling addiction is a big problem here in Aus....dunno if its true, but somebody said there are more slot machines/pokie machines in NSW, Australia (where I live) per head than anywhere else on the planet....doesn't surprise me tbh. Australians as a generalization loove to gamble. I like playing sometimes, its purely out of boredom. I don't even think im gonna hit the jackpot, the most i hope for is a couple hundred $. Sometimes ive gone wayyy overboard, and thats happened when ive felt like absolute shit and just didnt care about the money and said "fuck it....max bet, let it roll...weeeee." Ive never been somebody thats cared about money much, something i need to change if im ever gonna travel, get a house etc.

    My father went through a stage when he was younger on the horses, had TAB (government betting agency) tickets literally everywhere throughout the house, maybe thats where i get it from. He never plays the pokies/slots though...

    Gambling can be really bad news, need to get control of it, can really fuck with your life.
     
  9. ~CazzaAngel~

    ~CazzaAngel~ Staff Alumni

    :agreed:


    :grouphug:
     
  10. WhyMeWhy

    WhyMeWhy Well-Known Member

    It's a shame that I care little for GA, 'cause all I need is a freind w/ me to stop me.... doubting that would be provided from GA, the people there might even glorify gambling. Even so, I never play high limit games at all = no tables. It's only been machines the entire time I've been able to gamble & I gamble like an old woman sometimes = 1 nickel at a time. Hell they even have penny machines nowadays. Truth is I'm kinda afraid of GA, those people have more serious probs, like beg/borrow/steal all so they can gamble or putting their entire family on the streets by losing paychecks. I've no danger of that. Even so, I must find someone to keep me away by doin other things. I gamble out of shear boredom. Someone wants to take me to GA because they have a problem too..... so I guess I'll go. :yes:
     
  11. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    Good man, it's just like AA in that they use the buddy system to help you stop.
    No one will think your problem trivial, infact it's good you're seeing where it all will lead before you do end up bankrupt. :smile:
     
  12. deegang

    deegang Member

    I was a really bad gambler for years, all my money went in machines.

    Now i try and avoid these establishments as its the only way i know i wont play.

    Theres only one winer with casinos and the like?

    Try and be strong I have lost thousands and thousands over the years and i really regret it. Think of the other things you could have like holidays etc.

    Good luck.
     
  13. Lady E

    Lady E Well-Known Member

    In my experience with 12 step programs, there is a range of people from people who have been on the street from an addiction to even people who are curious that their habit is getting too serious.
    When you do go into the program you can get a sponsor someone who has participated in the program for a certain amount of time. Who you can talk to and call when you are having problems and they can even be just a friend who you can hang out without gambling.
    It's definitely worth a try, what do you have to lose by taking a peek?
    Either way good luck :hug:
     
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