Welcome to our online peer support community - A supportive place for anyone making change in their gambling, as well as concerned friends and family.
  • Connect, be inspired, motivate others. Share your experience & strategies.
  • Safe. Confidential. Professionally moderated. Free of judgement.

    Before you can post or reply, join our online community today.
  • Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Addiction

    Share some strategies when trying to quit or cut down on gambling. What works for you?
    User avatar
    Noah (facilitator)
    Senior Member
    Posts: 308
    Joined: Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:53 pm

    RE: Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Addiction

    Wed Aug 13, 2014 4:04 pm

    Hey Pheonix,

    Sorry for not responding sooner but I didn't see this post until now!

    Oh my how grim!

    My understanding is that there have been studies to suggest a genetic component to developing addiction. But what I understand they are saying is that there are certain people that MAY be more prone than others to developing an addiction but it is is definitely not set in stone! My understanding is that it is a mix of of biological, environmental and social factors that make people really vulnerable to developing a problem. But again, `i]vulnerable[/i] to developing a problem rather than it being a for-gone conclusion.

    What do others think?

    Noah
    0 x
    Dizzy
    Junior Member
    Posts: 2
    Joined: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:47 pm

    Re: Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Add

    Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:37 pm

    Hi every thing written in these posts I have experienced its a terrible feeling when you put your last penny in a machine and next minute someone else comes along and wins on the machine you really are sucked into a false sense of getting that big win
    0 x
    pamela
    Senior Member
    Posts: 1664
    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Add

    Thu Sep 24, 2015 12:05 am

    The thing is Dizzy no one is a winner on those machines
    0 x
    JAPAZ
    Member
    Posts: 30
    Joined: Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:00 pm

    Re: Overcoming the Painful Desires and Beliefs That Feed Addiction

    Sun Mar 24, 2019 9:10 pm

    I really hate the hypocrisy of the gambling industry.

    They spend millions of dollars on advertising and psychology to target two kinds of gamblers: the gambling addict and the leisure gambler.

    When those gamblers lose big, society attacks them about 'personal responsibility' and being a 'mug' punter, which totally overlooks the deliberate psychological destruction by the betting agencies.

    The very extreme minority who actually win are banned/ warned off because winning is 'against the spirit of the game'.

    To me, the truth lies in the middle. We do have a personal responsibility to go and get the help we need from the people who really want to give us the tools to change our lives. I just feel awful that there are still people out there who live with a guilt about their gambling but at the same time, the industry is deliberately conning them to keep losing, in spite of pretending to not be.
    4 x

    Return to “Strategies for Change”