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    Re: Addicted Australia

    Thu Sep 15, 2022 1:40 am

    Wicked33 wrote:
    Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:21 am
    Hi, Can completely relate to your story. We are not alone.

    This is my first post and just want to say I very grateful for everyone who has shared their experience. It is very helpful.

    I am gambling addict, just admitted again for the 1000th time. But publicly for the first time.

    Just came out of a self exclusion period and got a promotional offers to deposit March more money. Started with a $500 deposit and in a matter of a few weeks I've lost over $50,000.

    Thought I could win it back with every deposit and bet. But of course lost it all.

    Hanging in there.
    I sympathize with you very much, of course, I am not such a gamer, seemingly independent of casino games. But I understand you, it's all addictive, excitement wakes up
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    Re: Addicted Australia

    Sat Sep 17, 2022 5:26 am

    Hi @Serkan

    Wow, I sympathize with you!

    Those deposit matches can be dangerous things, but I don't think I've ever gone over $50 for those.

    My main addiction is the pokies though......the music, bright lights etc are made to attract people.

    I'm not sure if you've already done it or not, but you can turn off all of your marketing settings for any betting apps and opt out of any websites.

    How are you travelling today?
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    Re: Addicted Australia

    Tue Oct 18, 2022 8:59 am

    Hi Primo,

    Have you attempted imagining what your life would look like if you were clean of your addiction?

    I would like to share a daydream I had that helped me get through my day:

    How my imagination and writing helped me understand shame, guilt, forgiveness and remorse. The encounter was very emotional and insightful.

    I imagined myself sitting in a dimly lit room surrounded by silhouettes of other people on all sides. They all appeared larger than life and I was feeling hemmed and trapped. If I was to stand up and try to leave, I would hear a commanding voice saying SIT!

    Then one shadowy figure started to walk towards me and then stopped just far enough from me so I could clearly hear their words. The accent sounded encouraging and calm. I sensed no malice in the voice.

    “I am Shame and I want you to know that I mean you no harm. I am before you to offer you wisdom”.

    Then a second figure came closer to me and said, “I am Guilt and I mean you no harm. I have come to encourage and bolster you”.

    Following on a third figure came to join the other two and said, “I am Forgiveness and I have come to anoint you with the healing balm of contriteness. I could feel a gentle touch on my forehead.

    I could also hear whispering coming from behind the three silhouettes. The voices sounded familiar and at times I thought they were people I knew and loved.

    I would call out, “Is that you mum”. “Dad? . . .why have you come here?” I called out other names of people whom I had upset. I thought they had deserted me because of the harm I caused them through by dishonesty.

    Then I was overcome with uncontrollable sorry and sobbing tears.

    Suddenly I could see someone’s hand outstretched before me and I heard a voice saying, “I am Remorse and I have come to take you home”.
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