A start

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Re: A start

Postby Jerry (facilitator) » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:35 pm

Hi Little_fish,

I think alcohol tends to melt peoples resolutions pretty well. Many people find that they need to give up drinking for a while until they have some gambling free time under their belt.
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Re: A start

Postby little_fish » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:25 am

Thanks, David. What you say makes perfect sense. I will take steps to restrict my access to cash. I have a Remserv card that you can't withdraw cash from and will hand my other card over to my husband for safekeeping. I think I need to stay away from all venues that house machines--particularly given that once I have a few drinks, I'm inclined to forget about my resolutions.
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Re: A start

Postby David2 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:02 am

little_fish wrote:I was having a bleak chuckle to myself today over all my ‘political donations’. Feeling like a real nation builder.


Hi little_fish sorry not to address your original post that other post just struck a chord because pokies are everywhere here lol.

I'm 35 and started gambling when I was 18. I couldn't go 2 weeks without gambling at the height of my addiction but I have made significant improvements this year and the only thing that worked for me was removing access to money and I stopped going to venues. It seems like such simple advice but the reality is you can't gamble if you don't have money and you are not in front of a pokie machine (online gaming never appealed to me.) Gambling addiction was the toughest thing I faced in my life and although it seems like a viscous cycle that will never end it can and will if you really want to change. Best of luck on your road to recovery.
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Re: A start

Postby little_fish » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:14 pm

I was having a bleak chuckle to myself today over all my ‘political donations’. Feeling like a real nation builder.
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Re: A start

Postby David2 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:27 pm

Jeddie wrote:There is also a movie called Going for Broke which is worth watching. Just a lunch time type movie but worth watching. So different in America, they even have pokie machines in supermarkets and also clubs where kids can go. And one bit where the lady cashed in $500 and the brought it to her on a sliver dish!!! Good golly


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slot_machines_by_country

"on a per capita basis, Australia had roughly five times as many gaming machines as the United States." This was in 1999 and likely not much has changed.

They are everywhere in Australia the govt has become addicted to the gaming tax revenue. In the United States, they can mostly just be played at casinos.
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Re: A start

Postby Mona58 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:49 pm

Well done. Yes' we need to keep occupied and re train our mlnd to enjoy the little pleasures of life.

I watched Ka-Ching again today as I keep recommending it and realised I'd forgotten what was in it! Wish Australia would follow America's (cringe) example and chuck the bloody machines in the ocean!
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.~Confucius
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Re: A start

Postby little_fish » Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:09 pm

Jeddie, I watched that one a little while ago, too. There’s an Aussie movie that came out a little while ago called Broke & also Mississippi Grind.

Mona, I have the same problem with books! I have a brilliant local op shop & I never can seem to leave without taking a few books home. Staying away from pubs & clubs will give me more reading time—something I actually love doing. Good for my soul. More soul-filling activities—that’s what I need to fill my days with.
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Re: A start

Postby Mona58 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:12 pm

Hi little-fish

Thanks for reminding me. I saw that book by Caroline Hirsch when I googled Australia's Gambling Problem and had forgotten about it. I love reading biographies and auto-biographies. l've brought so many books from the Op-Shop recently... I'd asked myself if I'd ever get around to reading them! Am soon gonna need another bookshelf ... or get rid of my dust collectIng ornaments!

l cringe at the mention of America. Here in Australia our politicians would be wise to learn from their mistakes.... but then its always about making as much capital as they can.. supposedly to make our lives richer! Politics is a whole other world!

All the best on your journey

Mona on day 66 GF
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Re: A start

Postby Jeddie » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:11 am

There is also a movie called Going for Broke which is worth watching. Just a lunch time type movie but worth watching. So different in America, they even have pokie machines in supermarkets and also clubs where kids can go. And one bit where the lady cashed in $500 and the brought it to her on a sliver dish!!! Good golly
IN GAMBLING THE MANY MUST LOSE IN ORDER THAT THE FEW MAY WIN
George Bernard Shaw
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Re: A start

Postby little_fish » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:59 am

I saw it mentioned in a couple of posts while I was lurking. I’ve watched it twice! :) Also rewatched the gambling episode of You Can’t Ask That.
Last night I ordered Carolyn Hirsh’s book ‘Politics, Death and Addiction’. Very keen to read her story.
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