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  • Day 32

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    Nigel1234
    Junior Member
    Posts: 3
    Joined: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:05 am

    Day 32

    Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:49 am

    Hey
    So i have some how managed to not gamble(pokies are my addiction) for 32 days now and I have honestly felt the best I have in months. It's nice getting paid and putting money away into my savings and starting to pay off the credit card instead of my old routine which would be head down the club on my first day off and blow 80% of my wages then struggle for 6 days, then repeat this every week.
    The things I have struggled with is I have been avoiding my freinds as we usually go out for a beer and gamble together so feel bad but I know I can't go out for a beer as if I have a beer then I will gamble so Ihaven't actually drank at all. I have just been making excuses not to go rather then tell them the truth.
    Also the mind games...... Do the thoughts of gambling ever go away? I feel like I get the urge all the time. I can be busy at work and think "I'd like to go for a slap to relax me" or on my days off if I have nothing to do the old me would head straight to the club.

    Anyway thanks for reading and I hope everyone else is doing well
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    AGHS
    Member
    Posts: 35
    Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:43 am

    Re: Day 32

    Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:24 pm

    Congratulations on 32 days of gamble free.......isn't it great to actually have money and not worry about how you will pay for food, bills, fuel. Sometimes we need to avoid our friends until we can become stronger....have you considered telling them that you had started to develop a problem with gambling? Perhaps suggest catching up at a place that doesn't have gambling?? In regard to the urges, they will eventually stop. Its a bit like a muscle, the less you use it the weaker it becomes. Acknowledge the urge, it will pass and over time you will have these urges less and less. If you need that dopamine rush...simply walking will give it to you. Good luck with your journey.
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    Ila123
    Member
    Posts: 42
    Joined: Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:50 am

    Re: Day 32

    Thu Aug 27, 2020 4:27 pm

    Hi @Nigel1234

    How's your journey going?

    Let us know how you are travelling and remember we are here to support you .
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    Nigel1234
    Junior Member
    Posts: 3
    Joined: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:05 am

    Re: Day 32

    Sat Aug 29, 2020 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the kind words of support. Still havent gambled so thats day 36 i think.
    Decided to treat my self this week to some new clothes and a couple of pairs of shoes. Feels so good to buy something and not question if I have enough money.
    I always find it strange that I question myself buying shoes at $60 thinking "can I afford it" yet I used to walk in the club and lose $1000 and not even think about.
    Been in a really good head space this week. Meeting up with my mates on Monday at a bar with no pokies as I told them I have stopped gambling. They seemed supportive but I will talk to them about it on Monday. I have also decided that i am having 6 months off alcohol as I worry if I have a few beers I will be tempted back to gambling.
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    Calvin (facilitator)
    Senior Member
    Posts: 495
    Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm

    Re: Day 32

    Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:17 pm

    Fantastic @Nigel1234 !

    I really liked your reflection on your thinking patterns towards buying a $60 item for yourself versus the time when you had spent $1000 in the past. This shows you have looked at things more realistically and have realized how easy it is to lose the value of money through gambling.
    I'm glad to hear you are putting in boundaries for yourself and making the necessary changes to avoid falling back into the gambling trap.

    36 days is massive! Keep up the great work! :)
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    Nigel1234
    Junior Member
    Posts: 3
    Joined: Mon Jul 27, 2020 11:05 am

    Re: Day 32

    Tue Sep 08, 2020 7:24 pm

    So day 45 if my maths is correct. Had a rollercoaster of a week last week. In Hospital for a few days with an ongoing issue then straight back to work and we had the busiest week we have had in 5 years(head chef in restaurant) so extremely stressful with fathers days.
    Some how I managed to stay away from the pokies. My will to stay away is getting stronger and my urges are becoming less.
    If I was in this situation 2 months ago I would have been to the club atleast of a couple of time this week to help me deal with life.
    I can't believe I am almost at the half way point of my goal. I also haven't had any alcohol since i started trying to quit which I think has helped keep my mind clear and head strong.
    I know I still have a long way to go, I still get waves of wanting to play and today as i was cleaning my car I found my membership card for the club and I had that split moment of maybe I should go and only play a little(which I know will never happen) but instead I snapped the card and went for a walk.a much better choice
    I hope everyone else is staying strong and doing well.
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    Hello3 [facilitator]
    Member
    Posts: 46
    Joined: Thu May 21, 2020 8:49 am

    Re: Day 32

    Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:10 pm

    Thanks for the update @Nigel1234 well done on getting almost half way to your goal! That is a tremendous effort, particularly snapping the club card that's great will power. Hopefully you get some time to relax after a very busy week at work :);
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