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Joanne
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153 …

Joanne
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Rewrite the stars …

152 days gf.

Make the wiser choice and keep it gamble free.

Joanne

If my memory serves me well I think Nik could be 1 year gf today.

Joanne
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Give yourself the best possible chance of overcoming this addiction, if you’re an online gambler register with Gamstop (type in Gamstop gambling addiction) and it should appear in your search results. I’ve signed up for the maximum five years and I shall extend this for another 5 years on 25th May 2023!!! I will never ever play a slot machine/pokie again, NEVER.

I realise it isn’t easy for those that gamble in a casino/bookie/arcade to self-exclude. My nearest casino /arcade would involve an 8 hour road trip so obviously not a problem. Although I joke about going into a bookies, I won’t, it would be like walking into a male toilet lol I see bookies as ‘male territory’.

If necessary hand over control of your finances to a trusted family member.

152 days and countin’….

Joanne

Joanne
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Being serious … Steve, I’m sorry you’re having such a hard time with this addiction and that your finding some of my posts unhelpful.

Your post got me thinking … am I a compulsive gambler or just someone with a gambling problem.

I think ( just my opinion) that I probably stopped short of being a compulsive and would describe myself as someone who had a gambling problem.

I have always felt slightly at odds with most of the regulars who have posted here …

I never saw gambling as a money maker ie a means to pay a bill, etc. I always met my financial obligations first and then gambled any left over money.

I never chased losses. I didn’t give any thought to the amount of money I was throwing away whilst gambling. As far as I was concerned I was buying ‘entertainment’.
It is only since giving up gambling that I have thought about how much I have lost. It hurts! When I had no money, I simply didnt gamble. I never borrowed money or sold any of my belongings to gamble. I think the fact that I didnt borrow to gamble demonstrates that I wasn’t a compulsive, but someone who had a problem but not to the point of being a compulsive.

As gambling took its hold on me I guess I was just paying for a chemical hit!

Over time I came to realise that the price tag was too high and I needed to stop. If I’m honest I was being to feel very STUPID for pouring vast sums of money down a slot machine. It was only when I tried to stop gambling that I realised just how addicted I had become.

Tbc

Joanne
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I very much doubt I would have achieved 151 days gamble free if it wasn’t for Gamstop.

Even though it’s still early days I just feel so much happier (normal) knowing that I’m saving money instead of being FOOLISH and chucking it down a slot machine.

Thoughts of gambling used to excite me now they SCARE me. I never imagined how difficult it was going to be, freeing myself from this addiction. I don’t ever want to be back in it’s grip again.

Tbc

Joanne
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Coming back to your point, I think everyone would agree that the best way forward is to give up gambling completely. Gambling is more than about money, it messes with your mind, body and soul.

Maybe I’m being naive thinking I could one day go back to being a responsible gambler but I genuinely believe I could as long as I didn’t go anywhere near a slot machine. For now, my goal is to remain gamble free for 365 days. I’m hoping that by giving myself a year, gambling will have lost its appeal and I may be able to go back to buying the occasional lotto ticket, bet on the horses.

I realise that I’m expressing these views as someone who has a problem with gambling but not to the point of being a compulsive.

I respect the fact that you do not share my opinion, perhaps we could agree to disagree?

I think it’s inevitable on an open forum that people will have opposing opinions depending upon their circumstance and gambling experience.

I’m sorry you’ve had such a long struggle with this addiction, hope you stick around !

All the very best, Joanne x

Joanne
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P.s. I guess what I’m trying to say is , I dont want to be a problem gambler nor do I want to be someone who doesn’t or can’t gamble, I just want to be NORMAL , the average Jo who has a bet on the Grand National and buys the occasional lotto ticket.

I genuinely believe in time I can be that person.

I’ll shut up now!

Have a good evening.

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