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    Punny123
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    Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:41 pm

    Any advice ??

    Mon Sep 19, 2022 10:04 pm

    Hey people, I’ve been gambling for nearly 13 years now I am 29 years of age I used to jump the smokers room fence at the casino to get in at the age of 16. I used to have my gambling habit under control where I wouldn’t gamble for months and when I’d gamble I wouldn’t waste much money but I’ve been struggling so much with gambling these past 2 years this is where it’s gotten out of control, my daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia and I’ve been using online gambling as my escape route. I work casually as we are currently in and out of hostpital but I’m constantly gambling and I’m living pay check to pay check I feel absolutely like crap life is already hard enough as it is and I’m putting my self through another hard situation by gambling I’m so sick of it I’m chasing my losses that I will never get again can someone give me some advice I find it’s hard to talk to family members as they may judge me I find it easier to talk to a total stranger.
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    AGHS
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    Posts: 80
    Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:43 am

    Re: Any advice ??

    Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:23 pm

    Hey Punny123, firstly by reaching out and asking for help shows that you are aware of how much gambling is impacting on your life and you are seeking a way out or ways to reduce the harm gambling is having on you. I wonder if your gambling has increased since your daughter was diagnosed with leukemia which in itself is very sad, do you think you may be using gambling to cope with your daughters diagnosis? Gambling is great at helping us to forget our reality for a little while. Behind all gambling problems are underlying issues which are important to identify and important to address by linking in with support services and leaning on family and friends too...this forum is also a great platform for you to keep sharing, highs, lows, in betweens. Can I suggest you speak to your GP for a referral to a counsellor, talking and sharing about a problem can be very liberating. You could also consider barring yourself form gambling venues and online sites. Yes, it may be hard but if you are determined and reach out for help, you can be a winner...and it wont cost you a cent!!!!!!!!
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    Pikachu
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    Joined: Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:48 pm

    Re: Any advice ??

    Wed Sep 21, 2022 4:56 pm

    Thank you @AGHS for raising such a good point about the underlying issues that lead people to gambling.

    Talking to a counsellor is definitly a good way to cope with some of the stresses in life. Sometimes just by saying the things to someone can make us feel less...overwhelmed. @Punny123
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    Punny123
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    Posts: 7
    Joined: Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:41 pm

    Re: Any advice ??

    Wed Sep 21, 2022 9:20 pm

    Yes I totally agree with you it doesn’t cost a cent to be a winner and yes unfortunately my gambling has gotten worse since my daughter was diagnosed and it’s killed a lot of time while in hostpital also through traumatising events waiting for results ect. I’ve banned my self from everything and canceled all my cards wish me luck I’m day 4 with out gambling I know I can do it but day by day
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    AGHS
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    Posts: 80
    Joined: Tue Jul 25, 2017 10:43 am

    Re: Any advice ??

    Fri Sep 23, 2022 5:01 pm

    That's great that you have taken the step of cancelling your cards and barring yourself. Don't go it alone though, reaching out for help is important in dealing with addictive behaviors. You may find that you not only deal with it one day at a time but also an hour at the time. Your brain will have urges, we all did. Ride the urge, it will pass. As you progress you will get stronger and be able to manage the urges and they will lessen over time. Try setting yourself some new goals such as setting up a saving plan or saving toward something to buy. It is really rewarding when you can do this and it reinforces to yourself that you can do it!! Also, putting some healthy lifestyle choices into your day helps such as a walk everyday, eating healthy food....I know that these were not a part of my daily routine when I had a gambling problem and I know that it didn't help my situation. Gambling is a vicious unhealthy cycle and we tend to forget about our wellbeing whilst we are consumed about the next big win.
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