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Lightbulb Mar 08, 2009 at 10:54 AM
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This is a safe place to discuss gambling problems, tv addition, or Internet addiction.

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Default Mar 18, 2010 at 01:09 AM
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I do have gambling problem. i stopped adn then taugth myself to count cards and started agian. and then everything was ok til one sunday when i lost all i had won and its been downhill from there
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I do have TV and Internet Addiction. I hope this one can help me But i have good news i will break cycle and go YMCA after 2 pm

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Confused Nov 06, 2011 at 01:40 PM
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Internet addiction..... ruins evrything. i know first hand growing up i could not play video games or usethe computer w/out supervision. when i went away to college i missed my classes and would head straight to the library and be on till they closed at 10. i still have issues w/ it almost a yr later. it consumes my life. is there an end in sight ever?

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Default Nov 29, 2011 at 04:41 AM
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This is a safe place to discuss gambling problems, tv addition, or Internet addiction.

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I've conquered drug & alcohol addictions. Had conquered smoking for 5 years till I got depressed & took it up again. I'm also addicted to the internet & TV. I have TV on 24/7. I can't sleep without it on. I record multiple shows & stress if I think about missing a favourite show. I live my life vicariously through the television set; I genuinely feel like I've travelled if I watch a travel show etc. I'm too scared to live my own life so I just experience everything through TV & online. I don't know if it's my illness speaking, but I seriously don't feel like I'm missing out on anything, other than a romantic relationship. And I'm an internet binge-er (is that a word?). I'll be online for 2-3 days straight, then not touch it for a week; depending on what BP phase I'm in. While it's not bothering me now, I worry that one day I'll regret missing out on so much. And it makes me sad that I get my human contact via chatrooms with strangers. I guess there are plenty of people on here like me, hey?
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Default Feb 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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I do have gambling problem. i stopped adn then taugth myself to count cards and started agian. and then everything was ok til one sunday when i lost all i had won and its been downhill from there
I have also been a compulsive gambler for years. It takes a ton of inner strength and determination to finally quit this horrible addiction. The key is that you have to WANT to quit. And I mean ANY form of gambling. This means NO free play, NO purchasing lottery tickets, NO going to casinos, not even to dine at their restaurants, no matter how cheap their prices are. You have to start by first admitting that you're a compulsive gambler, then admitting that you've probably hurt many people in your life, including family members and friends. Then you will need to deal with the repercussions from being absent from so many family events and milestones. Then it's the guilt...and you WILL feel guilty!!! Trust me, I got SO tired of feeling crappy after I lost all of my money. It's a horrible feeling to lose everything you own...and I mean everything!! If this is even remotely what you're going through, then please feel free to discusss! I am by no means an expert, as I've only been gamble-free for the past 8 months. But I can help you get back on track if you really want to quit. It's entirely up to you!!
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This sounds like my husband (exactly), the only problem is he has not admitted to being a compulsive gambler. Thanks for giving me an inside perspective of what my husband might be going through.
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Gambling sucks...I always thought I was a well groomed educated young man with his head on his shoulders. I grew up with values, was very active in the community with friends and family, and always seemed to "live right" so to speak. Started gambling when a friend took me to a casino for the first time and I won $750 on a video poker machine. Amazing I thought, the onset grew and went downhill from there. I wasn't a fan really of little slot/machine games because I am an extrovert and like to associate with others. I introduced myself slowly to table games (ie. craps, blackjack, roulette) which allowed me to entertain myself with others feeling like a party of sorts. I was or felt like I was good at them too, although I had no control over the outcome of these games, solely because I would leave the casino with a couple hundred bucks by the end of the night. Once my mind developed this idea, all hope was lost. I got greedy without acknowledging what greed was and would go to win much more money because the little stuff wasn't enough. At one point, I was up $10k but still walked out of the casino that very night down $500, and even in doing so still would come back thereafter for more suffering. I sold things...golf clubs, instruments, watches to nearby pawnshops for a tenth of the original purchasing cost just to try and win back money I had blown the days when I were down (sickest feeling in the world.) I've stolen money numerous times, but justified it as borrowing because I KNEW I would make the money back and be able to replace it. Broke the heart of some close family members when they found out the path I was on, so I forced myself to stop. I thought I was better after going 5 months without gambling, but the urge came back and again I "borrowed" a great deal of money to feed into the urge that is slowly ruining my life. After hurting my family again, I have no choice but to find help in multiple facets, or I may end up in jail. It's crazy that I know I am doing wrong but the urge overpowers it. Any advice would be great as I don't want to ruin my life nor those around me anymore.
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Wow. Had no idea I was addicted to TV. But I am. My life revolves around it. I didnt think any thing of it. I live with my 78 year old mom and I take care of her but looking back I've been losing myself to TV while my mom sits at her computer all day. I only go out for Dr appts, groceries, errands and whatnot. My 25 year old daughter was stay w us for 8 weeks while waiting for boyfriend to come back. They are expecting any day now. While she was here I actually didn't watch near as much TV. But since she moved a week ago its all I've done.
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Hi,
I too have a gambling problem. I am borrowing money from family members an pretty much on the edge of losing everything.
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I am a compulsive gambler who has just hit rock bottom. I have just told 3 people who know me well and are shocked at the extent of my gambling. I am telling my husband some time today how far we are in debt and the trouble I am in. He knows I have a problem but never discusses it. I cannot say how humiliated I am. I am seeking help, saw a doc on Friday and am making an appt with a psychiatrist asap. I know I will get no emotional support from my husband.
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Default Nov 20, 2013 at 01:13 PM
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Been a couple of weeks since I visited here. Almost a month without hitting the casino. It's so hard, I wish I could give you some advice, but the urge is strong. I got some support from 2 people in the beginning but I think I'm on my own now. Now I find out I'm losing my job in March of 2014, don't know what I'm going to do then. I may end up losing everything.
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I am a compulsive gambler. I finally found the right therapist. She deals with addiction. I have been lying to my husband about my gambling. I have not gone to the casino since my appointment. I feel so much better. I have enough stress in my life and gambling was ADDING to it, not relieving it as I made myself believe it did. I pray everyone finds the right solution.
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I have been struggling gambling for 18 years. It is beyond depressing to face reality and let go of my money dreams. I was so convinced I was going to change my life and all it would take is a big win. Well I am still in the poor house after 18 years. I have messed up so many times. I thought I was done screwing up and once again I blew it all on scratch offs this time. I don't beat myself up at all about it though. If I won I would be on cloud nine. Lose or win I am still me. I am thinking about treatment lately. Man it sucks to let go of my dreams and face reality. Reality is boring. Meetings are boring. I so want to be a millionaire but I guess life wants me to learn to be grateful for what I have. That is all I can think of why I have not been blessed like some people.
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Hi. I'm a compulsive gambler and I am tired of robbing peter to pay paul and living in such distress over financial worries that I finally had to admit to myself, "you are sick!" My daughter is taking me to the casino today so I can ban myself and now I have to sit over an excel spreadsheet for hours figuring out how I'm going to make my finances work over the next couple of months until I can get back on track (I've been doing this for two years). I'm sick with self-disgust, self-loathing, hiding, payday loans, etc. I gambled away our new roof money, money to pay off credit card debt, used student loan money...it's just awful. Sure I've "won" a couple of times but I've lost thousands upon thousands of dollars feeding this sick addiction for a few hours of thrill seeking. All the pit bosses know my name and one has even said he's worried about me. I've made "friendships" with other addicts and it's all just such a crappy way of life and I wouldn't wish this suffering on anyone.
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Default Jun 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM
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When I'm upset, I get addicted to tv and internet its like brainwashers. It helps me a lot forgetting bad things happened and I feel like in a different world. People around me and circumstances usually make me feel upset so I must admit I'm addict.

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Remember that the gambling industry operates on the same premises than the drug industry. The main purpose is to create addiction and cash on it.
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Oh this is interesting... When I'm happy my interest in TV (and watching TV with the iPad) lessens - but I get addicted to running, the actual running, learning about it etc. other sports. That's considered healthier I guess, but it's not good to obsess about anything. But on topic when I hit a bad patch in life my day becomes having a season of something to watch or a run of catch up TV...I get twitchy if I don't have something to watch that just takes my thoughts away. I also go from drinking too much, to not at all.

The last guy I got involved with told me at one point he needed to gold cold turkey on 'screens' he was watching films, Internet dating, social media, messaging apps (did my head in, having a drink and he HAD to respond to a message on some platform) and online gambling constantly...he'd even made his income from sub letting his spare rooms and gambling after quitting another by most standards very decent job. I'm on here initially to sort my adult issues of an alcoholic mother out - but reading around...this interests me...

Are most of these modern curses? I see alcohol, drug and gambling addiction running thru the past... Are TV and online just new escapisms? In which case - why do we get addicted to anything that normal life can't fulfil? Actually as an aside, I see women get totally obsessive about shoes and nail varnish... Proper emotionally, addicted so, to the extent I'd question their behaviour if it was booze or drugs in place of shoes or varnish. I maybe think some religion is addictive and always has been, is the addiction an answer we seek to a void we have on a very deep level? Beyond family and connections?

Sorry maybe deep, this place and your posts has me thinking.
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I have also been a compulsive gambler for years. It takes a ton of inner strength and determination to finally quit this horrible addiction. The key is that you have to WANT to quit. And I mean ANY form of gambling. This means NO free play, NO purchasing lottery tickets, NO going to casinos, not even to dine at their restaurants, no matter how cheap their prices are. You have to start by first admitting that you're a compulsive gambler, then admitting that you've probably hurt many people in your life, including family members and friends. Then you will need to deal with the repercussions from being absent from so many family events and milestones. Then it's the guilt...and you WILL feel guilty!!! Trust me, I got SO tired of feeling crappy after I lost all of my money. It's a horrible feeling to lose everything you own...and I mean everything!! If this is even remotely what you're going through, then please feel free to discusss! I am by no means an expert, as I've only been gamble-free for the past 8 months. But I can help you get back on track if you really want to quit. It's entirely up to you!!
How are you now? I am trying to stop but need support 😕
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Hi - it's my first time in this forum.

I have a gambling and alcohol abuse problem. I want to go to rehab but they only treat Alcohol and drug abuse.

What should I do?
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