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    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Tue Dec 29, 2020 3:58 pm

    If you're looking for tried and tested methods, read on...
    I've been battling this horrible beast (pokies) for almost 25 years, with periods of inactivity due to success of some methods...Alcohol dosnt help your state of mind and can cause you to trigger.
    * First and most obvious is see a councillor and get yourself excluded from the venues you frequent ie the ones near your house, on the way to and from work, around the train station.
    * Don't carry a key card. You don't need it. Period. Carry a bit of cash - keep reading...
    * A game changer for me was opening a joint account with my partner, I had the mentality that it was "my" money, doing this helped limit the amount I gambled/lied about.
    * Unfortunately this one dosnt work any more, but for the last one and a half years I havnt known the pin to my credit card, it only became apparent to me a couple of months ago I could manage the pin through my banking app, which is has cost my about $6000, until today where I accepted I didn't have to strength to do this on my own, and here it is, my secret weapon, which I have turned to before...
    * The Australia post prepaid credit card. It costs $7.95. It's a single use card which can be loaded with up to $500 in credit, it has a pin (which I recorded else where and scratched off the back). It can only be used for purchases. So no need to carry a key card, I've got $40 cash and one of these in my wallet. If your very weak chop your cards up or give them to a relative or friend.
    If there's one thing I know for sure, the battle is on going, qaurter century later and I'm a little wiser, but still can't help myself.
    Please message me if you want to know any of the finer points or details.
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    Dockers6 (facilitator)
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    Joined: Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:04 pm

    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Tue Dec 29, 2020 4:03 pm

    Thank You for sharing your experiences Damaged_Armour . I can envisage this will be extremely helpful for people looking for answers, and counter attack against the gambling cycle. A form of method to move forward.

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    Junior Member
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    Joined: Fri Aug 13, 2021 9:41 am

    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Sat Aug 14, 2021 10:08 am

    I am trying to actually think 🤔 'what am I missing out on'?
    1. Feeling bad
    2. Losing my hard earned money.
    3. Loathing myself after I've gambled and lost
    Mmmm not really missing out on anything!!!
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    Senior Member
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    Joined: Sat May 08, 2021 9:30 pm

    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Sat Aug 14, 2021 3:47 pm

    Hi Damaged_Armour
    I am totally agree with you, I have join account with my partner it's not working either cos I can transfer to my account and I take it out from my card here the money haha, I start limited my card for ATM and EFT, down to $500 per day now.
    I still hold on to cash that my mean worried.
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    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Fri Aug 27, 2021 3:58 pm

    Just wanted to touch base, been MIA the last week or so for no particular reason just been busy doing other stuff not gambling though!!! Lockdown still for a fair chunk of the country, Its tough I am missing family interstate but just hoping it has to open up at some stage, we can't go on like this. The government must be losing so much money from the big gaming places thats one good thing. This weekend Im going to get out in the garden and keep busy, watch the footy finals and make up some nice food and drinks to enjoy. Happy weekend everybody, hope its a good one for you
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    Re: Our community's strategies for taking control of gambling!

    Sat Aug 28, 2021 11:18 am

    heya @Paris196563*

    It's good to hear from you! It 's great to hear you've been busy with non-gambling related stuff! I'm sorry you've been unable to see your family, it's really hard being disconnected like this from people we love, I hope we're able to open up soon as well.

    haha you're right about that, one good outcome is that casinos can't get people in the doors during lockdown! That sounds like such a nice weekend! I hope you've got good weather for it :o
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