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    Robert
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    Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:27 pm

    Hello Everyone, This is Robert,

    I last playing the Pokies was on: 2 August 2013. It will be 22 weeks on the 3 January 2014 and still Have not played the Pokies.

    I set myself a goal of 6 months No Playing the Pokies at all. In that 6 months.

    The harder thing i found was identifying it as a problem and asking for help.

    When i am set on reaching my goal of 6 months.

    No matter how hard it is I just stay with it.

    I have put a lot of hard work into where i am today.

    I am happy to help. Thank you for reading this.














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    Robert
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:07 pm

    Hello This is Robert,

    I have not played the pokies for 22 week on 3/1/2014
    I did set a goal for 6 months.

    The hardest was identifying I had a problem. I started play the pokies at the pub when i turn 18 year old. The first day i walked in i Put in $20.00 and I win over $1,000. I was there every 2 weeks.

    Now 25 year old. i won $5,500 in July 2013. I took the money and walked out.

    I last played the pokies on 2/8/2013. i have not Played the pokies for 22 week on 3/1/2014

    Trust me. Quitting playing the Pokies. Is the same as riding a bike for the first time you will fall off but you will learner from your mistake.

    If you need help i would be happy to help.

    All the best

    Robert








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    Angelina.
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:24 am

    Dear Robert,

    Welcome to the gambling help online forums. We are pleased to see that you have joined our community here


    I can see that you have not gambled since the beginning of August. That is five months (according to my maths)- congratulations !


    I noticed that you used the example of 'riding your bike' to describe the journey of change in quitting gambling. Would you mind sharing a little bit more about what was important in helping you stop. For example: did you self-exclude, start exercising, talk to a friend or loved one, talk to a counsellor, change your banking arrangements, challenge your own thoughts about gambling etc ? And, what was it that changed when you decided to ask for help?


    Hope to hear from you soon,


    Warm regards,
    Angelina

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    Robert
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:49 am

    Hello Everyone,

    Thank you for letting me be part of the gambling help online forums.

    I made the best choice of my Life is to Ask for help and support and then i stared talking to gambling Help counsellor on a weekly bases.

    I challenge all my gambling urges now.
    I started exercising 60 minutes everyday and Eating health
    I do meet friends for Coffee Every week



    Hope to hear from you soon,


    Warm regards,
    Robert
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    AmandaB
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:13 pm

    That's great Robert
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    Robert
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Wed Feb 19, 2014 11:57 pm

    Dear AmandaB,



    Thank you for your relying.



    Hope to hear from you soon,


    Warm regards,
    Robert
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    Colin
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    Joined: Mon Apr 01, 2013 8:55 am

    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:45 pm

    Great work Robert. Keep it up. I've been off the pokies and TAB since April 2013. It had been a 20 year private hell with several ups and downs. I managed to stop almost overnight influenced by two factors.One was the change in rules associated with payday loans so i was able to crawl out of that nasty trap after many years.
    Secondly, i bought a hypnotism tape about happiness and self esteem and use it often, as much as 4 times a week. It works for me.
    My life has stabilised a fair bit since the changes. My concentration and focus is much improved and I worry a lot less.

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    Noah (facilitator)
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:15 pm

    Hi Colin,

    Nice to see you here

    Thanks for sharing your story. They hypnotism tape sounds really interesting! Could I ask who developed it?

    I have been listening to this mediation app lately that's been really helpful called 'Simply Being' https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/simply- ... 18999?mt=8 Just thought I'd share..

    Noah
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    Robert
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:50 pm

    Dealing with Problem Gambling.



    While it is true that problem gambling has many negative impacts, it can also meet our own needs. (For example, it may help people to feel good about themselves, or it may help them to forget about their troubles.) Therefore, it is not easy for most gamblers to simply stop or cut down their gambling, despite the knowledge that this is the necessary step they must take to resolve their problems. If you have a concern about your gambling and want to stay away from it for a while, here are some “tried and true” things you can do to take back control of the situation:



    Limit Your Access to MoneyThis may not sound very appealing – most people like to be able to get their money whenever they want it. However, if the money is readily available, it's tempting to use it to gamble. That's why it's so important to limit access to money. The more steps you take to block your access to money, the more success you'll have in interrupting your gambling. Try starting with the tightest restrictions that you can tolerate, then ease up as you become more confident that you can control the urges to gamble.
    • Voluntarily give financial control to someone else.
    • Get rid of bank cards and credit cards, or at least cancel cash advance privileges.
    • Carry only small amounts of money. Ask yourself how much money you actually need in a day.
    • Change banking arrangements. (For example: require two signatures for all withdrawals; move money from joint accounts to a significant other's account, etc.)
    • Cancel any credit lines.
    • Be accountable for money spent. (For example, arrange to show your receipts to someone.)
    • Pay bills by phone or direct payment.
    Hope to hear from you soon,


    Warm regards,
    Robert
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    Robert
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    RE: Recover from Playing the Pokies

    Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:23 pm

    Hello Everyone,



    I know there is always a risk of gambling again Because i am only 25 years old.

    Replace Gambling With Healthy Activities.

    Going to the movies

    Taking the dog for a walk Because that Rewarding.



    Hope to hear from you soon,


    Kind regards,
    Robert
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