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Why we Gamble....to Escape

Postby JinxyWolf » Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:35 pm

Hi All,

I've been reading some posts lately that got me thinking about all the reasons we gamble. What draws us back to such a destructive behaviour? and why is it so hard to stop.

It's not always just about trying to fix financial issues, deal with stress or fighting off loneliness. A big reason why is gambling in to simply escape. Escape the pressure of everyday life, escape our emotions, whether that be grief, guilt, shame, anger, sadness or anything else we may be feeling. Much like alcoholics or drug addicts we gamble to escape.

I know for me when ever I felt like the world was crushing me and things were getting to be too much I retreated to gambling. Sitting in front of the machine, staring mindlessly into the abyss, all my troubles just faded away. I didn't have to think about what was going on in my life, I could just forget. It wasn't until I found other ways to deal with my emotions and stresses in my life that I really felt like I began to make progress. Drawing for example, when ever I pick up a pencil and begin a sketch, the world just fades away, I can focus on what I'm doing and my brain goes quiet. Talking to family, friends, we all need that one person we can confide in when things get rough, bottling up our emotions and our fears is not dealing with them, eventually they will come to the surface and left unresolved the consequences can be costly.

Admitting that we can't always handle life and that sometimes we need help doesn't mean that we are weak, we all need help once and while, and it takes real courage to ask for it.

So to all the courageous people on this forum, be well and keep fighting.

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Re: Why we Gamble....to Escape

Postby Mona58 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:50 pm

Well said Jinky,
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
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Re: Why we Gamble....to Escape

Postby suzybeauty » Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:02 pm

Hi Jinxy,
thank you for sharing this advice & feelings - It's so good to know. I've read many of your posts over the months & your support here to us all is just what we need, it gives me courage & hope that I can keep fighting my urges to stop. I'm always questioning, what are my triggers & why do I give in to my urges. My broken relationships in my past crushed me enough to start my on going battle. Today I'm in a happy engaged relationship but in fear that I could damage this relationship if I don't quit my urges of going to pokies. The damages of my past have caused an addiction that's been hard to beat but I sure want to. I will see my councellor in a couple of weeks as am away on holidays this week, and i'm interested in joining a gamblers support group in person as well as here online. Thanks for your support again my friend Jinxy 😊
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