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another one bites the dust

Discussion in 'Quit Gambling' started by frosty3907, Aug 28, 2014.

    Aug 28, 2014
  1. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    As so many have said before including myself "That's it, I'm done."
    Gambling had consumed my life from 18-32 - my life has centered around it and suffered, I don't find joy in anything else except my wonderful partner who has had to put up with my idiocy for five years now.

    I don't know why I feel this time is different, but when I woke up this morning instead of feeling desperation and dread I felt relief, that for some reason I didn't have to do this anymore. I know I have typed similar things to this before and believed them, I know the urge will return in spades and all the old excuses will crop up again, my brain crying out for stimulation.

    But you know what I'm going to do? Not gamble.

    I'll try and read a book but be too distracted so I'll end up just sitting in a chair or laying in bed.

    Two or three months will pass, as they have before (once or twice) and I still won't feel better, I'll wonder if I ever will, maybe I won't. But I'll still pick up a book or half watch a movie. Anything but gambling, I can't stand to see those reels spinning anymore, it makes me sick.

    I wish you all the best, especially those who, like me, are in denial about what gambling is doing to you, I hope you come to a realization long before I did and if not I hope you can forgive yourself for all the lying, desperate manipulative things you do to those around you and I hope they can forgive you, and me, for them too.

    Time to go lock the accounts (again) - several accredited casinos allowed me to unlock despite emails to them confirming gambling addiction. I don't blame them for my addiction but their responsible care leaves a lot to be desired.

    I'm sure I'll miss you all, and all this, but forgive me for saying I hope I don't see you soon except in the quit gambling forum which I would like to be restricted to thanks.

    Time to read a book.
     
    25 people like this.
  2. Aug 28, 2014
  3. chuchu59

    chuchu59 gambling addict CAG PABnonaccred

    Occupation:
    EXECUTIVE
    Location:
    SOMEWHERE IN ASIA
    Good Luck from now on Frosty. I hope you can start a new thread soon with a better caption, something like 'Another one who is reborn'. Just lead a happier life from now on. We shall be missing you but will be comforted in the knowledge that you will not continue to be plagued by gambling addictions.
     
  4. Aug 28, 2014
  5. Blathaon

    Blathaon Meister Member

    Occupation:
    Student
    Location:
    Norway
    Gambling should be fun, when it stops being fun and start to take over your life then it's time to quit.
    It's good that you have realized that you have a problem, maybe the fact that you publicly announced it here might help you keep on track.

    Good luck to you.


    I would like to recommend a book, The willpower instinct(How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It) by Kelly McGonigal

    This is not a book about gambling but about willpower and self-control, it's a good read and it offers self-control strategies to help you achieve your goals, whether the goal is to break a bad habit, create new healthy habits or stop procrastinating.

    I would recommend this book to everyone, you don't need to have a major problem in your life to benefit from it. If nothing else, you might learn something.


    ( i realize that this sounds a bit shilly, but what the hell, give it a chance :))
     
    7 people like this.
  6. Aug 28, 2014
  7. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    You already know this won't be easy and in a strange way that knowing is a good thing and puts you a step ahead.

    All our best to you!
     
  8. Aug 28, 2014
  9. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    my first challenge

    oh man... I was just logging into all my casino software to contact live help to request permanent account locks and one of them has $20 bonus chips in there.

    Every part of me, not just the gambler, screams that I can't just flush that down the toilet? It's money!

    oh man...
     
  10. Aug 28, 2014
  11. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    well, i compromised - sent the account info to a friend and told him he can have it.. not a perfect resolution perhaps but i'm just impressed i was able to not play it.
     
  12. Aug 28, 2014
  13. Azzurri

    Azzurri Banned User

    Occupation:
    Non of your business
    Location:
    From Foil Land
    Well done on being so brave, and I wish you the best of luck moving forward. I hope you have, or can seek, the support you'll need. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Aug 28, 2014
  15. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account CAG MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    California

    Looks very impressive to me :thumbsup:

    Sometimes it might help you to remember what you used to do before gambling? Whatever it was that might help keep your brain active and happy. You know best how to plan your future and my money is on you........ oh crap!! that sounded like gambling :oops: geese I can be a real dumbazz ............
     
  16. Aug 28, 2014
  17. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    Occupation:
    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    I suppose gambling to me is like sex - I talk about it far more than I get to do it. :oops::oops:

    When I get time to play, usually on the odd afternoon or Saturday night (play online I hasten to add...!) I deposit my cash and hope for a long game. I accept that I'm going to lose at least 4% of each pound over the year. My budget goes, and that's it until next month. If I make withdrawals after my deposit limits have been met, I've got a proportion of my fun money back, sometimes a quarter, sometimes level and sometimes I bank a profit for the month. At the same time I can see how easy it would be to over-indulge my pleasure, if I had the money and time to do so.

    So, as you say, you need a substitute. You said that reading a book you can't concentrate. I can't relate to that because if I read everything else gets sidelined and I'm absorbed, so you must be far more stuck to online gaming than I ever was. I'm not sure how I'd deal with that, but I will agree that like you say, the only real way is to deny yourself the opportunity to do it by keeping busy and focus on other things. When the 'other things' become habit and more productive to your mindset than gaming, then you've beaten it and are a real winner. Good luck with your efforts mate.
     
  18. Aug 29, 2014
  19. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    Thanks. But it's actually 4% per spin you'll lose :)

    Also, do I need to ask someone specific to be restricted to this forum? Still able to view the other forums.
     
  20. Aug 29, 2014
  21. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account CAG MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    California
    Maybe Queen said it best :thumbsup:'

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  22. Aug 29, 2014
  23. suzecat

    suzecat Dormant account CAG MM webmeister

    Occupation:
    Retired
    Location:
    California
    Queen said it best.

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
  24. Aug 29, 2014
  25. chayton

    chayton aka LooHoo CAG PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    Freelance Designer
    Location:
    Edmonton Canada
    I'll report your original post so Bryan or the mods will add you to the quit gambling group, that should restrict access to the rest of the forum. :thumbsup:
     
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  26. Aug 29, 2014
  27. NetEntFollower

    NetEntFollower Dormant account webby

    Occupation:
    Technical Manager
    Location:
    Europe
    Great to hear you are quitting (your addiction)!

    It's a huge step forward! Way to go mate!
     
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  28. Aug 29, 2014
  29. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    Today was much harder (already), evil thoughts returning.
    But didn't gamble the $200 cash I had.
    Was hoping from a bit longer reprieve from the itch but I guess it's to be expected, time between gambling hangover and gambling urge had had been reduced to pretty much zero long ago.
     
  30. Aug 29, 2014
  31. Godn

    Godn Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Electrical engineer
    Location:
    North west UK
    To go out with $200 in your pocket and not gamble when you have a addition to gambling takes a lot of discipline! you should be very proud of yourself,
    When I was younger my grandad gave me some advice he said once you win big you'll never stop chasing it. At the time I believed it but I have seen some highly addictive gamblers prove that theory wrong,

    So I wish you all the best in your struggle
     
  32. Aug 31, 2014
  33. frosty3907

    frosty3907 Non-Gambler

    Occupation:
    unemployed
    Location:
    Australia
    Oddly enough 32red are the only casino making it difficult to self exclude so far.
    Everyone else when I said the magic word "gambling addiction" closed my account permanently over chat but 32red want me to go to a URL, chase down my username (by reinstalling the software) and exclude from 6 months.. Despite requesting a permanent close over chat.
     
  34. Aug 31, 2014
  35. Tirilej

    Tirilej On a Break

    Occupation:
    Breathing
    Location:
    Sweden
    They need to have it written down in case you come back later. It's for their protection too.

    Just do it. Then you've taken another big step.
     
  36. Sep 8, 2014
  37. secret2

    secret2 irishbrit62 MM

    Occupation:
    driver
    Location:
    New York, United States
    Me too

    I just have had enough of sitting infront of this computer and isolating.

    I am done. I need to run out of my house and feel the air and take my Annie out for walks and Jim my husband needs my attention, also.

    I have sent emails to CWC and JC to close my accounts and with my blessings to them, also. They have been good to me. Thanks guys. :)

    It's time to move on.

    As some of you may know that I have not posted much recently it is because of bad behavior. Now is the time to make changes.

    I will still be here but not gamble. How can I leave you guys??? Lol...ya great bunch.;)
     
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  38. Sep 8, 2014
  39. Nightfly

    Nightfly Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Disabled
    Location:
    Somewhere USA
    Turn the page

    Totally understand. I'm scratching the surface also. Closed several accounts in the past few months. Time for a change.
     
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