Gambling addiction.

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by shakeandbake, Feb 24, 2009.

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  1. shakeandbake

    shakeandbake Member

    I've hit rock bottom. I joined this forum on september 19/2008 with intentions of seeking support for my gambling addiction. I've only been gambling for less than 2 years and I've lost so much. I've dropped out of university to take up gambling full time. I really regret making that decision. I told myself I'd return to school once I was financial stable. Around Oct/Nov I was winning a lot of money >$10000 I thought at that rate I was winning I'd become a millionaire in no time. But easy come, easy go. I lost everything. I couldn't believe how quick it was gone. After that I decided to seek help and I found a job to keep me busy. It was so hard, I couldn't stand making $10 an hour working 9 hours a day. I was making as much to $1000 a day at the casino. Next thing you know I was back at the casino. I borrowed thousands from my mom and brother. I still haven't paid them back. The bank keeps calling me, I have hundreds in unpaid cell phone bills, $20000 in school loans, mortgage payments, car payments. I don't have a cent to my name. I feel like shit everyday. I'm in way over my head. Every night before I go to sleep I wish I don't wake up. I decided to give one last fight and this week i've applied to several jobs and I hope I land one. I really want to change..
  2. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    Hi Shakeandbake. I haven't lost as much as you, my big drain was $5000. But after two years of no gambling, I lost my rent and bill money on online poker last week. Gambling's hard to get over.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to welcome you to the forum and introduce myself.

    Hi :)

  3. shakeandbake

    shakeandbake Member

    It is nice to meet you James. I feel very welcomed :smile:

    That is incredible that you went two years without gambling. Any tips?

    I plan to cut my losses and hopefully one day look back on all of this and laugh.
  4. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    Sorry for the delay Shakeandbake.

    Stopping gambling is like stopping drinking. It's easy to do whenever you don't need the fix :tongue:. I stopped gambling by a.) losing the majority of my money and being made to feel like an utter shit from family and friends. and B.) not going anywhere near gambling influences - no online gambling site that lets you play for free points, no movies like rounders, no espn2 tournaments, no casinos.

    After a while it just stopped being an issue with me.


    Gambling addiction support groups are also helpful. Best of luck.
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