A farewell from a compulsive gambler to his friends here.

takethemoney

Banned User - Chargebacks at Slotastic
Joined
Apr 14, 2004
Location
Washington
Guys and gals. I have a gambling problem and I have chosen to get well. I have had a lot of fun here over the years and want to let you all know I appreciated the friends I have made here, the many laughs and great conversations we have had and the many great moments. What can I say? When it's gone too far, spinning out of control and life has become a wreck, it's time to take a brake! Literally...hit the brakes and go, what in the hell am I doing and what have I become? My family deserves better and I'm stopping at the edge of the cliff, just in time, and not going over. It's gone too far, but it's a money problem...not a real problem. If I can escape with my family intact, not become homeless and find a way to proceed with life, I have been successful.

I'm not going to point fingers at anyone but myself for letting it go this far. I clicked the mouse and I opened the account. I'm sick and tired, beat down and regret wasting so many hours of sleepless nights chasing rainbows that were never mine. I neglected every person important to me because, in my mind, I had so many important things to do. (gamble).

Anyway, I hope Bryan allows my thread to stand for a day or two. I will miss you all! This is not a bad thing here, as someone is about to get much better. For those of you who understand....I appreciate you. For those who will be critical, I wish you future knowledge and understanding.

Thanks for all those years. I wish you all well!

Farewell,

Steve
 

mattsgame

Meister Member
webmeister
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Sep 17, 2009
Location
Out Of Town
Hey mate,

Glad to see you have taken the problem head on, its not an easy thing to admit to yourself let alone others.

Wish you all the best in the future Steve

Cheers
Matt
 

Realitybitez

Full Member
Joined
Oct 28, 2011
Location
New Zealand
Good luck takethemoney. Its hard admitting you have a problem and even harder trying to deal with it.

I've done some incredibly stupid things in my quest of 'chasing rainbows' and the feeling of depression, self contempt and utter desperation has hit me a few times in my life as a gambler but if you have the support to lift you out of that cycle, you will be fine. One step at a time.:)

I was dealing with my addiction quite well, always took my baby with me whenever I went anywhere so I wouldn't have the temptation to stop by that pub or by that casino and have a little flutter and then I discovered online casinos:(

Gone pretty much backwards since then...

So I know where you'll coming from and I think you'll incredibly strong to admit 'Yes' I have a problem and 'Yes' its time to step back. As I, myself also have that problem and also need to step back.:oops:

I wish you well in your endeavours:)
 

P.V.

Dormant Account
webmeister
Joined
Apr 17, 2010
Location
Turn around...

jetset

RIP Brian
Joined
Feb 22, 2001
Location
Earth
Stay strong, Steve - you've just taken a very important first step to reclaiming your life. :thumbsup:
 

chayton

aka LooHoo
webmeister
PABnonaccred
CAG
Joined
Jun 5, 2006
Location
Edmonton Canada
I don't think there's a single person here who would criticize your choice, I think we all know devastating an addiction can be. Good luck to you, and maybe we'll see you around the attic! :thumbsup:
 

mclee321

Meister Member
PABaccred
Joined
Jun 13, 2006
Location
Dublin
Steve, I hope your epiphany takes you out of your rut. It takes courage to do what you are doing, hope it works out.
 

slotjunkie

Dormant account
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Location
Washington State
Steve, bless your heart!!

It is hard to admit this in your head, harder to admit it out loud to your self and your family and extremely HARD to admit it to the public :notworthy

You have done a very courageous thing here today:notworthy:notworthy and the only thing that you can get from this is good, positive...

Though it won't be easy, I hope you continue to get stronger in your recovery. If your family hung in there with you while falling to the bottom, then surely they will hang in there while climbing your way out of the pit. Take advantage of any and all the love and support they have to offer you.

While on your new, exciting journey towards normalcy, I hope you regain self respect and the full respect, trust and love of your family.

God Bless!
 

Nifty29

Dormant account
Joined
Jun 20, 2001
Location
Turn right, then right. then right again
Best of luck in your recovery TTM.

Remember.....you only have to avoid ONE bet.....the FIRST one.

One thing you don't lack is character and persistence, and I feel this will see you through.

I know we didn't always see eye-to-eye, but I have some experience in what you're going through so you are more than welcome to PM me any time. :)
 

Simmo!

Paleo Meister (means really, really old)
Joined
May 29, 2004
Location
England
Yup I echo the above. Good luck Steve...don't forget PV's tool or Gamblock are out there too :thumbsup:
 

BingoT

Nurses love to give shots
Joined
Dec 16, 2004
Location
Palm Bay Florida
Best of luck to ya Takethemoney.
It takes courage to do what you are doing & be proud of yourself.
You took the best step first admitting you have a problem & it gets better in life for you as time goes by.
God Bless
~T~
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Mousey

Ueber Meister Mouse
Joined
Sep 12, 2004
Location
Up$hitCreek
We all wish you best, hon. Life is never easy and dealing with an addiction only makes it more.... ummm... 'exciting' let's say. :)
Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead! There's a wondrous world out there beyond the Spin button.
 

conker

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Joined
Feb 10, 2012
Location
UK
Hi takethemoney, I wish you all the best in getting the help you need to stop gambling. Having been hooked before I know that it is incredibly daunting and sometimes it seems impossible to overcome. But, like all things that can be bad addictive, you can find a way to get over it. Lots of willpower and faith now my friend, I am rooting for you :thumbsup:
 

Jennifer

Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas
Joined
Oct 2, 2011
Location
canada
Even though we have never spoke, I wish you well. Its really good of you to have the strength and common sense to know when enough is enough. Dont beat yourself up too bad just tell yourself you're going on the right track and its something a lot of people dont have the strength to do
 

harrys99

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Oct 26, 2011
Location
Wherever I Want
A wise person knows when to say "when". I applaude you in your decision and wish you every success. There is so much more to life than this. Lean on your family and friends. :)
 

Cleveland

Senior Member
Joined
Jun 15, 2011
Location
Texas
I wish you plenty of luck in your life's endeavors. Glad you recognized you had a problem and chose to fight against it. Makes you a winner in my book :yahoo:
 

shahran84

Non-Gambler
Joined
Aug 4, 2011
Location
Singapore
Indication

Hey Takethemoney, right choice! I myself has JUST starting to stop online gambling. I've been online gambling for almost 8 years and it's only been 2 weeks that I've stopped playing on online casinos. It's been quite hard as I've been thinking
about playing every single night. The only way to keep myself away from gambling to watch movies, youtube and etc. It's torturing of the mind but I think we can do it.

This stupid immortal romance slot is like haunting me and calling me to play every night. I'm lucky to have my girlfriend whom I can share my gambling problems and she
is helping me coping with it.

All the best Takethemoney! Take care :)
 

ksech

Dormant account
Joined
Jul 27, 2007
Location
Here
Steve, I wish you all the best in the future. You do know you don't have to gamble to participate here ;) I've enjoyed some of your posts/input, you WILL be missed. The first step is always the hardest, you're headed in the right direction.

God bless you.
Kim
 

Vegasbum

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2007
Location
Ontario
Threads like yours gives us all a reality check. It even scares us a bit. Many people know they have a problem while others wonder if they might be addicted. It makes us all think about our own situations. It is often a problem we deal with in silence. Thanks for the wakeup call.

Best of luck to you my friend
 

PaaskeDenmark

Always think positive
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CAG
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Nov 24, 2008
Location
UnKnown
Hi Steve

Wish you all the best. When I was younger I used to have a big gambling problem. Despite I would never admit it :(
I spent days and nights in front of the computer. Only thing I looked forward to was my paycheck from work every month.
Deposit after deposit was spent every month. If I did not win, I would continue spending almost all my hard earned money :(
I went like that for several years. I even started borrowing money from people, even bad people. Having to payback big %%.
I finally managed to change, I meet my English beautiful woman on holiday in Greece. And you can say somehow she saved me.
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My life was on a very dangerous path. I was becoming close to having my life being worthless and not worth living for anymore at that time.
Who knows what would had happened, I know i would had continued and also borrowed more money in end, owing to dangerous people. Who knows what could happened? I neglected my parents and best friends because of my problem.

But this is luckily the past now, I live in UK now with my fiancée. Yes I still gamble. But have been open with my sweet and understandable Fiancee. I have managed to control it now. Money is going into her account. And she then transfer money to my bank account.
So I now know when it's spent, its spent.

I hear so many horrible stories about people who have used their spouse credit cards or taken loans in their house and much more. To be able to gamble everything away. Breaking up relationships and families.

I am glad I have after all never gone that far :)

I also now work as affiliate. And enjoy this work. I still gamble yes, but keep it under control, and I am always open to my fiancee. My work on websites and forum, is great as I have gotten so much knowledge as an old big gambler with a problem.
This is also important for us in the industry to protect players and also help them not getting into a gambling problem.
Sorry some of this might sound a bit like rubbish, As a Dane it can be hard writing all this correct. Hope you all understand most of it hehe.

But to finish off.

It takes a big man to admit a problem and to stand up for it.

I respect your decision to put it behind for good Steve.

Wish you and your family all the best mate :thumbsup:
 
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