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Day one...

Posted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:01 pm
by selymm00

I am new to this... This is pretty much the first time I am seeking help for my addiction. I guess I'll use this time to explain a little bit about whats brought me here...

I am 30 years old, and have been gambling since I was approximately 18. My earliest memory of gambling was of me losing $5 in the pokies at my local pub. I remember the feeling of how bad it was to lose so vividly. I did not enjoy the experience.

However, after that, my friends and I started going more often, and $5 turned into $10, $20, etc. Then we started visiting the casinos and taking $60, $100, $200, and so it progressed... I now currently lose (on average) about $500/$600 a week

2 years ago, a friend of mine (also a co-worker) took her own life. Since then, I have noticed my gambling getting worse and worse. I am very self aware by nature, so I have literally witnessed this change in myself, and I can almost definitely say its due to an inability to cope with her death / a method of escapism. Even though i recognise this, I have never reached out to anyone to discuss it, and how it's impacted my gambling.

I guess what I'm looking for on here is support, friendship, comradery from others going through something similar. Anyway, this is day 1, and I am committed to giving "quitting" a real shot. I don't want to let gambling control my life.

Re: Day one...

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:41 am
by pamela
Hello and and help is certainly what you get here..recognising a problem is the first step,doing something about it is the second.Stopping doesnt come easily to everyone but if you want it bad enough it will happen.keep strong and good luck

Re: Day one...

Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 3:10 pm
by Jerry (facilitator)
Hi selymm00,

It sounds like your friends death hit you pretty hard. If you are using gambling to try to escape dealing with that then maybe you could consider grief counselling?