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  • New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    For people making and maintaining change in their gambling. Connect, ask questions, offer advice, and share your story in here. If you are new to the site drop in and say hello!
    Printemps
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    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Sat May 21, 2022 11:01 am

    heya @Egiman @Joshb96 and @Robert89 How are you guys all going?
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    Printemps
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    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 am

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Sat May 21, 2022 11:05 am

    Good morning everyone! I hope you've all had a nice start to the weekend! I want to kick off today by saying a massive welcome to our newest members @Jonesy @Scout @User 6280e34df239e @Kaye088 @Suicine76 @hll.28 @BGL @Lauchelau @HT Nguyen @User 6284a30c1e3d2 @anof @Jasmin25 @Qualityoflife007 @chappy80

    These forums are a tool to help you, whether you are on your own recovery journey or supporting a loved one! You can connect with others and find support and advice from people who are on their own journeys.

    If you need any support or have a question just use the @ symbol to tag me! :o
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    Printemps
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    Posts: 782
    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 am

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Tue May 24, 2022 8:30 am

    Good morning and welcome to our newest members @Tine78 @Zomi @Brobon @katsinew @User 628c4f1d4af12 @Johni and @Ouch97

    These forums are a judgement free space for you to connect with others and find support and advice. You can use this thread to introduce yourself, just a little about you (keeping it anonymous!), your goals and what you're looking for today!

    You might find it useful to check out the 100 Day Challenge threads to see how others are approaching their journeys, or the Success Stories for some inspiration :o

    If you have any questions or need some support please feel free to tag me using the @ then type my name!
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    Melpaul8379
    Junior Member
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2021 11:35 am

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Thu May 26, 2022 5:56 am

    Hi Guys,

    I’m 42 & been gambling since I was about 16. During this time I’ve lost countless amounts of money, stolen from my employer’s, stolen from my family & almost gone to jail because of my actions which all come back to gambling. I’m not sure why it has taken so long but I’m finally ready to get this nasty disease out of my head. I have a young family & amazing wife, she could have & probably should have left me years ago so she could of had a better life but she has stuck by me. It certainly hasn’t been easy & I’ve just got in trouble again by stealing $7000 from my employer which I gambled away. I’ve paid the money back & go to court next week. As I said, Something has finally clicked in my head that I can’t go on like this. If any of you know the best way to beat this terrible disease that is called gambling addiction I would love to know, I’m finally ready
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    gzy3
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    Posts: 147
    Joined: Thu May 09, 2019 3:39 pm

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Thu May 26, 2022 10:07 am

    Hi @Melpaul8379 welcome to this forum.

    I can hear it has been difficult for you to have a problem with gambling.
    It is good that is has reached a point where you realised you need to take an action to solve the problem.
    Talking to a gambling specialised counsellor may be helpful for you to start with? You can dig into what underlies your gambling and discuss about strategies to stay away from gambling. Call gambling helpline on 1800 858 858.

    I hope you can get some tips and advice from other members here and feel understood and supported as well.
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    Printemps
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    Posts: 782
    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 am

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Sat May 28, 2022 11:10 am

    A wamr welcome to our newest members @AKA boy @Raaz473 @Dimas @letitiawk11 @IP @Maria A @BroWhels @Mummzy @yellowflash @Starboy @Batka @Daisy-Lee @MysticTT @Cat13

    When you feel ready you can introduce yourselves in this thread! These forums are a place fr you to find support and advice, no matter where you are on your recovery journey :)

    If you need any support, feel free t use the @ symbol to tag me or another member, that way we'll get a notification and be able to respond ASAP!
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    JJ86
    Junior Member
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Sat May 28, 2022 8:00 pm

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Sat May 28, 2022 8:12 pm

    Hi there I'm JJ. 35. Been gambling since 18. I know it's a massive problem, I've lost close $700,000 now since I was 18. Seen counsellors, GA, rehabs, I've literally self excluded from every single online bookie, but continue to find another one. I tried "investing" in the share market before covid. Lost $400,000 in 2 years. I still can't stop. I know I use it as an escape as mentally I live in a constant state of anxiety and it's a source of excitement without needing to be out in the world or socialise. I'm somehow married and have a daughter on the way and I'm still gambling. Only reason I'm posting is because I lost everything again today. Literally betting on everything. I'm so done
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    the_penguin
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    Joined: Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:16 pm

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Sun May 29, 2022 3:34 pm

    Hi @JJ86

    Sorry to hear you're going through such a rough patch. You really have been throwing everything at this gambling issue, and sound exhausted.
    I'm hoping that our community here can be a new level of support to get you through this. We're always here, and happy to support you in any way we can.

    Take care...
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    bun2912
    Junior Member
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Mon May 30, 2022 10:10 pm

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Mon May 30, 2022 10:14 pm

    Hey,
    I’ve found myself gambling often and getting carried away, repeatedly going back to the ATM. It’s starting to strain my relationship and I’ve been thinking of getting help for a while now. I am ready to make a positive change!
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    Printemps
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    Posts: 782
    Joined: Tue May 04, 2021 8:12 am

    Re: New here? Change makers introduce yourself here!

    Tue May 31, 2022 9:03 am

    heya @bun2912 welcome! Good on you for recognising there's a need for change, it can be difficult to acknowledge what's going on and even harder opening up, but you're showing a lot of strength by doing both.

    You might find it useful to check out the 100 Day Challenge threads! You can start your own and use it as a space to keep track of how you've been travelling :)

    Let us know how you're going today!
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