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Jane
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19 weeks gamble free. Nik, Andy, Mat, well done to you all. Hope things are still going well for the three of you. Bagged myself a bank loan at a great low rate to pay off high interest debt. Feels good to be completely gamble free. My mind and my thoughts are my own and I am freed up to make the most out of my days.
Still have wicked urges some days. For the first time the other day, I actively sought out a site to gamble with. Made the account and thought better of it as soon as I seen the £0.00 balance in the top right corner under my newly made username. It reminded me of what it reads when I’ve done with a session where in the past, I’ve sat staring at the empty balance not knowing what else to do or whether I can risk depositing more. It jarred me back to reality so I proudly self excluded for 5 years without depositing a penny. There are now 805 sites registered with the Gamstop scheme and they hope the figure will reach 100% by early next year.

With this protection and the fact that I have blocked my bank cards for gambling use, closed credit card accounts etc, I feel I have really turned a corner. Life is good and I feel positive about the future.
I am allowing myself to be free from gambling.

I realise that I don’t want to win anymore, I just don’t want to lose. That is the way I have felt during many of my gambling sessions. I’ve regretted it instantly and just wanted my money back so I can get out and scratch it up as just a mistake and hope never to do it again. Many of my gambling sessions have been fuelled by ideas of winning but quickly turned into marathon sessions of chasing losses. They were never dopamine-soaked sessions filled with big wins. If I won, it was only ever money back after already being down several grand for about 3 hours.
I think the only people who have gambling sussed are the ones that learn from their mistakes and stop doing it. There are no angles, no tricks, no methods. There is no way to beat the system because the system is designed to beat you, at least in the long run. You may win small sometimes, and you may win big on occasion, but you will lose consistently over time and I think the freedom comes from realising that and having the sense to let go.
Common sense doesn’t easily factor in to addiction but the longer you go without gambling, the easier it is to see the sense in staying that way.
All the best, everyone.

Joanne
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The following comments aren’t intended to be controversial, they’re just honest facts.

On 25th Jan 2017 (I remember because it being Burns Night I was drunk) I spent 1000 pounds on National lottery tickets via my online account. I won zilch so shortly afterwards I made arrangements to have a lifetime ban placed on my account. It was the final straw, I was spending ridiculous amounts of money on tickets/instant win games. It was a bit of a palava back then to self exclude you had to go through telephone counselling etc , now of course its much easier, there are tools on NL accounts where you can time out/self exclude at the click of a button.

Of course the gambler in me then switched back to buying paper tickets. Gambling has never been about money for me, it has always been about entertainment. I dont play the lotto, I’m never going to match all 6 numbers, I only play hot picks. I like to see if I can guess correctly one or two numbers. The maximum amount a lotto terminal is obliged to pay out is 100 pounds so of course I make sure my ticket if it wins wont pay out more than 100. I obviously dont want a ticket that pays out more than100 because of course having a lifetime ban I wouldnt be able to claim it . ;)

Like I said, the thrill for me is not about winning vast sums of money, its about seeing if I can guess correctly , one or two numbers.

Over the past 18 months, I’ve probably spent on average 20 pounds per week on paper tickets and I’ve pretty much broke even. Although I havent played in the last 60 days.The reason I know that is because I kept the money in a tin in my kitchen. Lol I think I cashed in the last of my tickets a couple of weeks ago. I think i mentioned it on here.

I think we’re all unique in why and how we gamble. When I deal in ‘cash’ ( shrapnel ie loose change) I can exercise control, on-line gambling was always the killer for me. I can no longer gamble on-line, 5 year self exclusion with Gamstop and lifetime bans on my National/Scottish/Health lottery online accounts.

Tbc

Joanne
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For me, gambling was never about making money, purely entertainment, so I never chased. When i was playing the pokies, I only wanted to win because it meant I could play longer.

As I’ve mentioned, I visit the Gambling Community forums regularly. These guys have it sussed …

Never go anywhere near a pokie, a fobt or a roulette wheel.

Never gamble on line. NO NO NO It takes you to a place where money loses all value and just becomes a number.

Only gamble on something you are genuinely intetested in, sport, horses so its more about a hobby than about money.

Only gamble with the loose change in your pocket.

I can only speak for myself but as long as I stay away from online gambling I think I have proven over the last 18 months that if I gamble with cash, I can gamble responsibly.

Tbc

Joanne
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I think I’d probably be fooling myself more if I thought I could give up gambling completely.Ive been gambling from the age of 7, horse racing, 21 card brag throughout school, and so on.

Gambling has always featured in my life, my Gran held poker, bridge parties, my dad and uncles gambled.

Gambling was never really a major problem for me until I discovered pokies. Like I said, gambling is a form of entertainment for some people, they dont really expect to come out on top, they just gamble because they love to. I guess all forms of entertainment whether it be going to the cinema, dining out, etc comes at a price. The secret is keeping it affordable.

Everyone’s take on gambling will be different.

Joanne

Joanne
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P.s. Im going to unsubcribe now so I dont get any more Rethink emails. It’s been a blast …………… Joanne

oooooooohyeeeeeeeahhhhh
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And iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii will always love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Joanne
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I’m not going to bother continuing counting days, there’s no point. If I do gamble on lottos/scratchcards, the odd horse race it will be with the loose change in my pocket.

There’s no doubt about it, GAMSTOP was my saviour. If I hadn’t signed up to it, I would still be spinning those reels, burning through my wages.

That’s it, I feel like I’ve come full circle and I’m back to the person I was before I discovered online gambling.

Just got to get out of the habit of coming in here.

Bye, Joanne

Andy
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“Loose change in your pocket” you know it’s not just going to be loose change, you’re fooling yourself

Joanne
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Sill 60 days gf. Sometimes I feel like going back to gambling because it gives me a buzz on an otherwise humdrum day.

I can’t access online gambling or a casino/arcade so there is no danger of me losing large amounts of money. I wouldn’t be seen in a bookies, to me it’s ‘male territory’.

I get so bored of counting days. On Sat I resisted buying lotto/scratchies while in the city but when I got home, I was annoyed with myself for not buying any. I work long hours so what harm in spending 20 quid or whatever.

I’ve been thinking today of people I know, myself included, who say random, outrageous things just for a bit of a buzz, break the monotony. I’ve worked with people who would just come out with outrageous comments just to lighten the mood and make people laugh. I wonder if it gives us a hit of dopamine! Probably.

Joanne

Joanne
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☆☆⚽️☆☆ 60 ☆☆⚽️☆☆

Joanne ;)

Joanne
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☆☆ GOOD-BYE & GOOD LUCK ☆☆

Joanne
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☆☆ ⚽️ ☆☆ 60 ☆☆ ⚽️☆☆

Joanne
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Best take this banner down … back to day 1. :(

Ta-ra.

Joanne

Joanne
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I’m not going to try anymore. I actually feel more miserable when I’m not gambling than when I’m gambling ( even if I lose.)

I can’t play the pokies online which is good because as we know they’re absolutely lethal but I’m still going to enjoy playing the lottos, horse racing, etc.

So that’s me ….

Joanne

Joanne
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59! It doesn’t seem a blink since I hit 50 days. Wow.

Joanne

Marc
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Wow Joanne what has gotten into you? Well apart from ooooohyeeeeahs cock you hope :0

Marc
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Dirty bitch

Joanne
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Thank you for your comments.
They have been most helpful. After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that I am indeed a sex addict and will endeavour to seek help.

It’s gonna be hard, don’t tell anyone but I really fell for Oooooooohyeeeeeahhhh! ;)

Joanne

Marc
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Can I be of any assistance to to that addiction? :P

Joanne
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With a tongue like that, how can I refuse. ;)

I need help. I’m putting the blame on Ooooh- eeeey – aaaaah.

That’s it, I’m off in search of a Rethink sex addiction forum. Hahaha

Completely forgotten about my gambling addiction, back laters.

Joanne

Joanne
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My internet search took me to psych forums, sex addiction. Bl**dy hell, I got myself out of there mighty quick, if the discussion topics are anything to go by, what a bunch of weirdos.

I’m happy to report I’m perfectly normal. Phew.

Back to curing the gambling addiction.

Joanne

Joanne
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I realise that some people have mentioned having a gambling and sex addiction in the past so no offence intended. I realise it is a mental health disorder.

Joanne

Joanne
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I’ve had a rare Saturday off work. Spent all day in the city, shopping etc.

I’m knackered so it’s an early night for me.

Resisted the lotto/scratchcard kiosks so its …….

58 days gamble free! Feels good.

Joanne

GOOD Joanne
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Soooo relieved to be wakening up gamble free and still have my money.

Always pays to keep the time, location and money triangle broken, those urges will occur.

KIGF

Joanne

ooooooooohyeeeeeeahhhhh
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Wish I was waking up next to you after an all night rigorous sex session. Size 8s really turn me in baby

Joanne
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Good Joanne is just about to turn naughty ;)

oooooooohyeeeeeeeahhhhh
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You’re not good, you are an evil little minxxxxxxxxx

Joanne
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Have you been gambling?

Joanne
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I hope not, otherwise I’ll have to get my black leather catsuit on and get my whip out!

It’s sooooooo much fun playing the bad girl;)

ooooooooohyeahhhhhhhh
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I’m gambling on me and you getting it onnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

Joanne
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I knew the thought of size 8 in her cat suit would swing it.

Good, I’m glad you’re not gambling.

I’ve been trying hard not to post, I’m playing at ‘hard to get’. Who am I kidding?!

Seriously, KIGF.

Joanne

GOOD Joanne
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11 hour shift, 1 more to go til I’m outta here!

I feel like going home, depositing a grand and spinning some reels, got the money, the time, definitely the inclination, just as well I haven’t got the location! Lol

I think it’s safe to say … 57 days gf.

Joanne

P.s. Not like John not to swing by on a Friday afternoon to let us know he’s still gamble free and fire a few insults my way! Hmmmmmm I hope he’s okay! Lol

Joanne
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Life’s not very exciting but at least I’m not losing money.

Hang in there, keep it gf.

Joanne

oooooooohyeeeeeeeahhhhh
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Can I cum all aver your face please?

Joanne
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yes, Yes, Y-E-S

That was a truly magnificent experience.

BEHAVE, you h***y lil dude!

Whatever you’re up to (I dread to think) have a great weekend!

Joanne

ooooooooohyeeeeeeahhhhh
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Wow my little cum slut ;)

Joanne
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Thats your fault, Lover boy, for workin’ your magic on me.

Oooh that’s sooooooo C-U-T-E calling me your ‘little cum slut’. I can’t wait for our next encounter. Any possibility of you sneakin’ off, Monday lunchtime? ;)

Joanne
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56.

Joanne
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55.

KIGF

Joanne

Joanne
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54.

Andy
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Day 30. Going OK so far. Haven’t posted in a while because I didn’t want to get caught up in the nonsense on here. I see everyone has buggered off though.

mat
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that’s good to see, I am 4 weeks gamble free, not even thinking about playing last time really messed my head up. never listen to inner voice telling you to play, game cant be beaten each relapse will only lead to more losses and depression

NIK
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Nearly everyone!!

I am still gamble free all year!

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