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    45sup
    Junior Member
    Posts: 1
    Joined: Sat Aug 29, 2020 4:45 pm

    Help pokies are just so addictive

    Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:15 pm

    Last week I won $10000 and this week I've spent over $5000 I cant stop
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    pamela
    Senior Member
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: Help pokies are just so addictive

    Sat Aug 29, 2020 5:46 pm

    Do you want to stop?
    I think you do or you wouldn't have come here,good on you for doing so.
    You can stop ,it takes time and it can be really hard,but really worth the battle
    Don't give up
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    How the F did I get here
    Senior Member
    Posts: 380
    Joined: Sun Apr 08, 2018 11:05 pm

    Re: Help pokies are just so addictive

    Sun Aug 30, 2020 10:59 pm

    Unbelievable how addictive these things are. I feel your pain sounds exactly the type of money I was spending, which considering I've never been a high income earner, terrible.

    You know tbh I've tried to give advice before on here, but really I haven't got an effing clue how one stops.
    I've been rock bottom that many times it's not even funny, and after every time I would say "That's it, it's done, never again, I sweat on my life" etc, etc always went back.

    I'm currently not playing, I think about a month so fingers crossed.

    I have no real advice or strategies to offer, except Don't quit trying to quit!

    All the best!
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    pamela
    Senior Member
    Posts: 1834
    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: Help pokies are just so addictive

    Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:41 am

    Trying to quit is tough..but so is losing all your money.
    I know which I would prefer.
    Can you confide in a family member or close friend?
    They might be shocked, but could be willing to help you.
    Limit the amount of money you carry..dont carry any cards..
    Try everything to stay away..
    Have you considered counselling??
    Dont give up the fight
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    Calvin (facilitator)
    Senior Member
    Posts: 495
    Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm

    Re: Help pokies are just so addictive

    Tue Sep 01, 2020 11:49 am

    Hi there @45sup and welcome to the forums!
    Calvin here, one of the moderators.
    As you can see, other members on the forums have experienced this for themselves.
    It can be a tough cycle to break and it does take time, putting in strategies and also boundaries to help stop those urges to gamble can be a start.
    Have a think about different activities that can help distract you from the urges.
    Have you considered self-excluding yourself? Or even some gambling counselling?
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