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    Gamblers Sob Story (Poem)

    Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:09 pm

    Hello everyone. This could seem like a brag post 😂But If your looking for some inspiration this is worth a read

    Joined this forum in February this year, I was broke, isolated, depressed, addicted to gambling/marijuana/Alcohol/pornography & regularly had suicidal thoughts.
    I gambled for 6 years and felt very behind the pace for where I perceived I should be at this point in my life. Since then I’ve worked on my self confidence by doing a lot of research, cutting out social media, reading books, regularly seeing a physiologist & most importantly becoming more active in the community via sport. Today I feel vastly better about myself & my situation & it’s only been 10 months, I still have a long way to go, but for the first time since I can remember, I’m looking forward not backwards and enjoying each day. I recently received hypnotherapy for gambling addiction and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is SERIOUS about change, getting out of their comfort zone and improving their lives & working towards goals. I haven’t gambled for three weeks, the urge is a lot weaker after the hypnotherapy, however I do still have to fight the temptation. Un-surprisingly when I quit gambling All my other addictions became MUCH easier to quit. After 3 weeks since quiting ALL my addictions I feel GREAT in comparison to the start of the year. IF I CAN MAKE IMPROVEMENTS SO CAN YOU.
    Nothing worthwhile comes easily, you’ll have to stay consistent and keep working at it. Decide today to start!

    Fact: Of all addictions gambling has the highest rate of suicide.

    I believe part of the reason for this is because gambling is a taboo subject, with mass misunderstanding and lots of stigma attached to it, this isolates addicts meaning they don’t reach out for help until they’re in a world of misery, or decide to take their own life.

    This Story is Subjective to me, however I feel it encompasses a much wider demographic, I wrote this while/after I was a gambler. I hope it can provoke thoughts to hopefully help some people kick the habit.

    All the best ✌️❤️

    Gamblers Sob Story
    Gamble too much?
    Picture of life, look fuzzy?
    Is it just you in the foreground?
    & your best buddy?
    If so
    Rest of the picture looks bleak
    Because all that you seek
    To spend time with your buddy
    Week after week

    Meet a local machine
    When I was of age
    Traded it a pineapple
    For a weekly wage
    Any worries, they faded
    The feeling was good
    At the time amazing

    My friend
    Became My foe
    My highs
    Turned To lows
    This all started it seems
    Like so long ago

    Years passed me by
    So much more
    than money
    Was lost
    Spent too much time on my buddy
    Didn't foresee The costs

    To hurt loved ones seemed natural
    So did to lie & to steal
    The Affliction was real
    At least that's how it feels

    I Discovered means
    To cope with
    The lows of this habit
    More cheap thrills
    Thus began
    An endless game
    Of snakes and ladders

    My new name
    Dopamine brain
    Being exploited, for gain
    Aristocrat manufacturers
    An Opposite definition
    For folk machines tame
    To play repeatedly
    Guarantees loss of their game
    cards for ‘help’ actually mean
    You’ll take all the blame
    Your insane!
    By all means, feed life savings
    Down our note acceptor drain

    Mindless Button pressing
    It just Wasn’t for me
    I Thought I was smart
    Switched machines
    At first
    This one
    Was nicer to me

    Racing or Sport
    I know who will win
    An expensive piece of paper
    Wound up in the bin

    That’s how it can go
    Currency of time, exchanged
    For a tsunami that ensues
    Be prepared to swim
    through your shame

    ...As the radiant sun sets, To conclude
    A bright summer's day
    Potentially positive picture perception
    Through a reflective window
    Overshadowed By
    Black clouds, Thunder & rain
    Transmutation of Pane
    Recognition of impossible gain
    Allows a distorted forecast for tomorrow
    To show the of a change
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    Re: Gamblers Sob Story (Poem)

    Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:45 pm

    Well done..it's a good story of hope and achievement
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    Calvin (facilitator)
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    Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm

    Re: Gamblers Sob Story (Poem)

    Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:56 pm

    WOW @DocileDirection that was an inspiring read and a very creative poem that encapsulates the struggles of gambling.

    This I'm sure will help many other people.

    Well done and thankyou for sharing! :)
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