Need to quit


Hi, new to the forum. I have had a serious problem for about 10 yrs now (maybe longer). I am fortunate enough to know that I can stop gambling on my own and that I caught it before it cost me everything. This is my first step in trying to stop. I am currently betting on horse racing and online poker. My addiction is consting me around $1500-$2000 per month. This is rappidly becoming a problem. Can anyone suggest something to help me stop?

The main reason i gamble is boredom, followed by the rush. I cant stop and I need help. I dont want to loss everything I have worked for. Please, any tips would help.

nopepper, Thursday September 15, 2005
07:35 AM EDT

 

Hi nopepper Smile

You have obviously recognized that you have a problem, and thats the first step in recovery. I wasn't addicted to online gambling, but others in here have talked about gameblok (not sure of the spelling), a program that effectively shuts down any gambling sites accessed on your computer. Check into this...first things first, you need to get some time away from gambling to gain clear thinking.

Support next- a few suggestions, online support, as here, family&friends, Gamblers Anonymous...whatever works for you.

Patience-especially through the rough times. Ive been clean over 8 months and I never want to go through what those first few weeks of hell were.But the truth is...it does get better with each passing day not gambling. My life is immeasurably better now, and yours can be too. Hang in there.

Take care Smile
Shelley

Shelly,

Thanks for your repsonse. I will take your advice. I have downloaded that program hopefully I wont need to use it.

Trying to quit by yourself is something we have all tried to do; but it's not necessary. Gamblers anonymous give you the support you need and the tools to stop gambling. I told myself for twenty years I was going to stop, I lied to myself a lot.

The only thing that has ever helped me to stop gambling is gamblers anonymous; you are not alone. I haven't placed a bet in two years and six months, one day at a time.

There is help, all you have to do is reach out. I wish you well.

Denise,

I too have tried to quit by myself for 20 years until I finally realized I couldn't do it myself and found Gamblers Anonymous. It has been 6 1/2 months and I have not placed a bet. I fully understand the concept of one day at a time. I do know that Gamblers Anonymous is not for everyone but it works for me. Life is so much better without gambling. The damage gambling has caused to me and my family is horrible and I don't want to go back to that world. Gamblers Anonymous has given me the tools to regain back my life WITHOUT gambling.

Paul