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⚠️ Joanne
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69.

⚠️Joanne
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I’ve just added ‘Many Disguises’ to my list of folk Im no longer intetested in communicating with.

I gave you the benefit of the doubt , I thought you were a gambling addict, someone who was struggling with this addiction , someone I could help but now I’m not so convinced.

I come here to record my days because I have really, really struggled with this addiction. I’d still be gambling if it wasnt for Gamstop. Ive never once regretted signing up, its allowed me the space to finally get a grip on this addiction. I always loved spinning those reels but I hated the price tag.

I need somewhere to go to record my days , something to connect with, nobody knows aboug my gambling, thats why I come here.

From now on, I’m keeping myself to myself.

Joanne

oooooooohyeeeeeeeahhhhh
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Lol don’t be like that Joanne. you know your my little slut, jealousy doesnt suit you

⚠️ Joanne
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I’m not jealous of anyone, I’m just tired of being called a twat.

Joanne

ooooooooohhhhyeaahhhhh
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I didn’t call you a twat

⚠️ Joanne
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My piggy bank does. I’m nursing him back to health, he’s getting to be one fat b****d but I ain’t putting him on a diet. ;)

Gambling seems to be getting less and less appealing. Oooops, I forgot, nobody cares.

And stop sneakin around at night! Lol

Joanne

⚠️ Joanne
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Day 68. ✔

AHMED
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NOBODY CARES YOU BORING TWAT!

Anon
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Stop picking on Joanne, you creep.

Jane
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4 months and 2 full weeks without gambling. Things are going okay. I am still seeking out sites to bet with some days, but had the resolve to self exclude straight afterwards. I had hoped it would be harder now I am with the program but it just shows the enormity of sites out there and the fact that new ones are added all the time. Luckily, many of the sites left unprotected don’t offer the payment methods I need to gamble. They were all obscure methods or those which I have already blocked to gambling.

If I can just hold on until early next year, things should be more secure for online gamblers like me. I know seeking out sites is only half hearted. It is the gambler in me acting out. Part of me just likes to know I can still bet if I want to, whether I intend to have a go or not. It is hard to accept that what I do for myself is in my best interest when all I want at the time is just to let the gambler loose. There are times when I really resent signing up with Gamstop because I feel I have cut my own throat at times, stupid as that may sound. It will take many years to undo the gambling mentality and a lifetime of managing this disease.
I intend to beat my best of last year which was just shy of 6 months. There is some way to go but I am confident that I can do this.

It is interesting what might happen if Labour take over, though it is only right they clean up the mess they made in the first place. What they are proposing is pretty much what I have been asking for all this time: no more gambling on credit cards, a vast reduction in gambling ads and giving people back control over their finances by giving them the right to block their cards. I find it ridiculous that my card has been blocked so many times for ‘fraud’ when I am just trying to pay my own bills, yet many banks won’t budge on this feature with regard to gambling. My banks have, in the past, allowed me to bury myself during binges, allowing deposit after deposit, amounting to several thousand on my bank card but get twitchy at me wanting to pay a £60 bill. The banks are right in that sense, it is our money and we can do what we want with it. The fact was, deep down, I didn’t want to gamble. I just did because I could. That’s why people ask for intervention after all.

Natwest have a gambling block feature which you can do quickly by live chat. It will block both online gambling and FOBT use, I am told. I have been asking the Halifax, my other bank, for some time now to follow suit but as yet, they cannot offer this service.
I guess we’ll see what happens. Either way, it’s good that people are talking about change. We need to lose the stigma with addiction.
Wishing everyone well.

oooooooohyeeeeeeeahhhhh
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Jane, can I cum in your face please? Joanne is a right sort. Are you?

⚠️ Joanne
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Day 67.

⚠️Joanne ⚠️
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No betting on the ⚽️or spinning fruit!

⚠️ Keep it gamble free⚠️ Keep it gamble free ⚠️keep it gamble free⚠️

;)

EM
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Day 1. Lost. Alone. Depressed and realise that after 25 years to a point of almost losing everything and already having lost so much that this is the day I stop gambling. No more I burden my soul or distress others.

Day one.

EM

⚠️Joanne ⚠️
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There’s always a way back! You’ve taken that very important first step to finally walk away from gambling. You’re now on the right track. Keep moving in this direction, don’t look back. Day by day, things will get better as gambling loosens its grip on you.

All the best on your journey to a better life.

Joanne

⚠️Joanne ⚠️
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A few nuggets of advice to keep you on track …

1. Always a good idea (if possible) to let someone know (trusted relative/ friend ) before you embark about your impending journey to a gamble free life life. It will make you more accountable and a problem shared is a problem halved.

2. Close off all avenues that could allow you to travel backwards to that gambling hell. Register with Gamstop, put in place self exclusions etc.

3. Restrict access to cash. No point in carrying the price of a return ticket in your pocket! Lol

4. When you feel tempted to return to your old gambling haunts, try and recognise the triggers, boredom, stress, a bad day, etc. Always remember to never let your emotions over rule your intelligence. Gambling is a losing game. We can’t win because we can’t stop.

GOOD LUCK!

⚠️Joanne ⚠️
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And one last thing ….

Avoid …. ⚠️Joanne⚠️ !

Joanne
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Day 66

Joanne

Joanne
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65 days gf!

Joanne

Joanne
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⚠️ lol

Joanne
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When I first arrived here I put up a post saying how I fell in love with online gambling and mentioned a large win. Of course I didn’t win, because I gave the money back within hours of winning it. Kate and Jane scoffed about how could anybody love gambling, in fairness to them, they were hurting badly. Some of the others argued that I shouldn’t be mentioning big wins. I argued that they were part of my story and why would I not mention them. I got banned and felt resentful because I didn’t think I’d done anything wrong, I was just giving an honest account of my gambling.

I think it all spiralled from that point.

Mat, Jane, Nik, Kate, Carl , were all singing from the same hymn sheet. Monica joined them.

You Andy, probably sat on the fence, I think you’re probably a team player and like harmony.

Loser started off on my side of the fence and then crossed over.

Then the troll appeared. Everyone thought it was me, but of course I knew he existed.
To begin with I thought it was one of the Rethink Regulars winding me up.

Over time, I thought, this guy has too much background knowledge on the other posters so I knew he’d been around the forum a long time. I thought he had to be someone with gambling issues. I think he just got bored and started saying outrageous things to ease the boredom, all done under many disguises. He’s certainly ran circles around me but if I’m honest he does make me laugh with all his different characters. I realise that most of you don’t get him because of course you still think he’s me.

Anyway, I really am going to try and leave this forum.

Keep counting those days Andy!

All the best everyone, time to draw a line under everything and hopefully you guys can continue keeping in touch.

Bye.

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Joanne
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Andy, I’ve no quarrel with you, you’re probably the most diplomatic person on the forum. A straightforward guy. All the very best to you.

I would very much like to see all you guys reunite and continue to support each other as you did in the past . I can’t be part of it because I feel too much resentment .

I just wanted to explain how it was from my side of the fence.
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Joanne

Andy
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I get what you’re saying, too much has gone on. Just for the record I don’t believe you are the multiple characters on here, you’d have to be a complete weirdo to do that, and you aren’t that. I hope we can still communicate when I post, things are going ok so far, I hope and pray I can keep it up. All the best and NO LOOSE CHANGE lol

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