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    pamela
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    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Thu May 10, 2018 12:52 pm

    I have just bought a book called "One Last Spin" by Drew Rooke..it has opened my eyes and I find it a compelling read about poker machines..Honestly if you can get a copy I suggest you read it ..extremely enlightening and informative...there are true stories and facts about poker machines..I dont want to put it down
    As we head into the weekend I hope you can all stay gamble free
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    Calvin (facilitator)
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    Posts: 463
    Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:01 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Thu May 10, 2018 1:02 pm

    pamela wrote:I have just bought a book called "One Last Spin" by Drew Rooke..it has opened my eyes and I find it a compelling read about poker machines..Honestly if you can get a copy I suggest you read it ..extremely enlightening and informative...there are true stories and facts about poker machines..I dont want to put it down
    As we head into the weekend I hope you can all stay gamble free

    Hi Pamela!
    Great resource for people to reference to, well done. I hope you're finding this helpful.

    Regards,

    Calvin.
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    pamela
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    Re: can I see the light

    Thu May 10, 2018 11:38 pm

    Calvin ..it is just a great read
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    pamela
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    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Sat May 19, 2018 10:38 pm

    You know it is nearly 3 years since I have played the pokies ..yet today I had some news that made me think how I just want to lose myself to a poker machine..I didnt act on it .and it wasnt an urge..just a thought ..the difference now is that I CAN control my thoughts..and that is what we all need to learn to do..it was a fleeting thought out of habit..it does annoy me to think I still have that mentality that I think I can block out life by playing the pokies...I know that doesnt work..I use different strategies and I will never succumb to them but they still sneak into my thoughts..
    Nothing a cuppa and a choccy biscuit couldn't fix😀😀😀
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    dragon007 (facilitator)
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    Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:07 am

    Re: can I see the light

    Sun May 20, 2018 10:01 am

    Hi Pamela

    I am one of the moderators here.

    Congratulations and well done.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and the knowledge that you have to be vigilant.

    dragon007
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    pamela
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    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Sat May 26, 2018 3:46 pm

    Last night I went out for dinner at one of the hotels I used to gamble at a long time ago..and left my car there while I went somewhere else..when I got dropped back there later I thought how time had changed for me..a few years ago I would have been racing inside that hotel to play the pokies (secretly)..lost all my money and gone home feeling sick.Now I can go to any venue and feel nothing..just sadness for the people sitting mindlessly numbed by the machine in front of them.
    It's tough trying to give them up but the rewards are great..self dignity for one
    All of you who are still struggling with this demon,please dont give up the fight..become stronger and fight
    Life is better gamble free
    Have a great weekend
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    dragon007 (facilitator)
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    Joined: Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:07 am

    Re: can I see the light

    Thu May 31, 2018 4:06 pm

    Hi Pamela

    Well done! It is great when you can confront past situations and cope well.

    Keep going.

    D007
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    pamela
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    Joined: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:38 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:07 pm

    Thanks D007..it hasn't always been easy but just hard work and determination
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    Jo-Anne
    Senior Member
    Posts: 457
    Joined: Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:40 pm

    Re: can I see the light

    Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:45 am

    Hi Pamela, Well done on being able to visit a venue without succumbing, I agree with what you say, I am still so happy we do not have machines in pubs and clubs in WA. I haven't been to the casino for years now, but I do remember it as being a depressing place to be. I can't believe I would go to a TAB either as that was equally depressing and I used to feel very self conscious walking in there. However I would be in my own world and it didn't affect me.......until I lost of course!! Like you, it is only now I can see how sad it all is! I especially hate seeing the "free" buses taking the elderly to the casino......I want to tell them to go somewhere nice!!
    Pamela, I am really happy for you....I so value your advice and friendship here. Have a great week....Jo
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    Cazza
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    Posts: 261
    Joined: Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:23 am

    Re: can I see the light

    Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:40 pm

    It's something that I haven't wanted to try as yet Pamela. Am worried that I could waver, apart from once a few weeks ago i had to go to the shop near my old favorite venue but i was with my husband so that made it easier.
    And we normally only go to one or 2 pubs near us for dinner, and I maybe gone once or twice to them to gamble and wasn't a fan so it hasn't bothered me going there to eat.
    Congratulations on your 3 years it has been very inspiring to read your forum, and I know that I will make it myself one day. But for now everyday GF is a good day 😊
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