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Success Stories

Postby BriM » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:56 am

Many of us have success stories in life and in managing our gambling behaviour.

Post yours on here!
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RE: Success Stories

Postby Bull » Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:00 am

Well I'm no longer out of control, discipline and hard work go hand in hand with this sort of stuff. Glad to say I haven't gone above and beyond my limit (I still gamble) for some time now. What's my story? Well I guess I am lucky to have people who know me well and flagged that playing poker was taking over my life. Soon enough I realised it was, and with a supportive bunch of friends and family they really got me through. The most important thing for me was realising that there were other things to do other than sitting around a poker table. Not having alternative activities really was a problem for me so I started going out more and socialising. It wasn't easy at first but it got easier as time went by.
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RE: Success Stories

Postby Angelina. » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:10 am

Thanks for sharing Bull. It is wonderful to hear your efforts, you are doing a great job : )
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RE: Success Stories

Postby Chris2 » Fri Apr 12, 2013 7:31 pm

Angelina (facilitator) (27/02/2013)Thanks for sharing Bull. It is wonderful to hear your efforts, you are doing a great job : )


Im no longer out of control as well. I liken my efforts to the latest quitting cigarettes commercial "never giving up giving up!". I had quite a few relapses in the last few years but this year I feel stronger and more aware of the consequences, triggers and my motivations and continue to self talk and work on myself. For me education about my gambling has helped me in understanding myself. Supportive friends and being able to stay open and honest to myself and them has helped me keep it real. So far I feel great knowing I have abstained for over 5 months and I have to say self exclusion for me has been a great decision in helping me adjust.

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RE: Success Stories

Postby Angelina. » Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:16 am

Hi Chris,

I am not sure why this was never responded to, but I would like to please re-open this discussion as you have raised a number of very important points:

1. Self-exclusion can be helpful for some, particularly if you are gambling at the same venues over time.

2. 'Non-punitive' support from family and friends has consistently been shown to be a central factor in successful recovery for many addictions.

3. Lapses are not the 'be all and end all'...they can provide us with useful information about our internal processes and behaviours.

Thank you for sharing and it would be great to hear from you

Warm regards ,

Angelina
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RE: Success Stories

Postby Tom1 » Thu May 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Hi all! It is really great to hear some of your success stories! It'd be fantastic to be able to more people achieve this success!

My team at Turning Point, in conjunction with Southern Cross University, ANU and the University of Calgary is doing some research to find out the kinds of strategies people have developed to try and limit or reduce time and money spent of gambling and whether they work. We are looking for all gamblers, across all ages, genders and backgrounds. It would be great to have you participate!

It only takes about 30-40 minutes and you go in to the draw to win a $30 shopping voucher if you check in with us again 4 weeks later. We will contact you after those 4 weeks so you don't have to worry about remembering to check in (makes it easier for you to enter the draw!). Another benefit of taking part is the opportunity to download and keep a free summary of the tips and strategies once the research is completed.

By telling us about your successes you will help other people limit or reduce their gambling in Australia and around the world. We are interested in how people use strategies for a whole range of gambling activities. This could be buying a lottery ticket to sports betting or playing the pokies.

To find out more, or to get started, please check out the link below! Also, feel free to share this link with your gambling friends - the more people that participate, the stronger the research and the more people that can gain control over their gambling!

https://monashmnhs.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6u137y2Ix8BXQMd

Thanks!

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RE: Success Stories

Postby Dave68 » Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:25 pm

Will be a long while before i can claim any success, but the 100th day was Friday, and i am still pokie-free. My financial situation will require a rebuild of Marshall Plan type proportions, but to at least now cut out the massive weekly drain blowing money on pokie machines hopefully will see things turn around. One good thing is that i am finding my desires of playing the pokies have receded a lot, i was playing this free pokie online link regularly where i'd play Panda and other aristocrat games for free, and i haven't even loaded it up for a couple of weeks.

At least, something is changing and after 16 years of being a mad pokie addict, they look like being expunged from my life. Good riddence i say!
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RE: Success Stories

Postby Hopefull » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:58 pm

Well done Dave, congratulations on 100 days and hopefully to many more pokie free days.

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Re: Success Stories

Postby Jon » Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:33 pm

I am lucky to have people who know me well and flagged that playing poker was taking over my life. Soon enough I realized it was, and with a supportive bunch of friends and family they really got me through. It was not easy at first time but it got easier as time went by.
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Re: Success Stories

Postby Liz37 » Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:27 am

I have achieved 108 days pokies free! But I should say I owe my success to this 100 day challenge site and to self-exclusion. Although I don't visit this site much just knowing it is there helps me. I know there are people out there succeeding in giving up gambling. And people doing it tough, so good luck to all!.
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