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  1. Addiction of any kind is a problem. And most addictions result in complications and disruptions in: · Personal, domestic life · Professional environment · Society and · Financial health. All these problems and more can and will manifest themselves in a person suffering from a gambling addiction as well. What is gambling addiction and what are its signs? Known also as problem gambling or ludomania, gambling addiction simply means that an individual feels a need to gamble even if it is detrimental to him. Gambling can take on many forms – card games, betting, and even slots. Problem gambling is pathological and a person suffering from this will go on betting and gambling even if he or she continually loses money. Very often, gambling addicts continue gambling, despite their strong desire to stop their dangerous behavior. There are many ways in which gambling addiction will manifest itself. Some of the most common ways or signs are: · An individual being secretive about his gambling habit · Not being able to walk away from gambling even if it has brought on financial ruin · An inordinate time being spent on random gambling activities and · Using gambling as a means of getting away from problems such as depression, guilt and so on. It takes time Gambling addiction and treatment of the same – both take time to develop. A person becomes addicted to gambling only over a course of time. The high that he experiences when his gambling pays off can often be followed by losses. But a gambler will feel that he can recover money by gambling further, and this often leads to a vicious cycle. More money is poured into recovering lost money until an individual is addicted to bigger and bigger gambling risks. There are some pretty effective support systems and treatments for gambling addiction and it would be wise to invest attention and time in these programs if you or someone you know has a gambling problem. The emotional aspects Dealing with gambling addiction often begins in dealing with the emotional aspects. Experts recognize that there are certain emotional triggers that force an individual to head to the casinos or gambling dens. Such triggers could be loneliness, depression, stress and even anxiety. It is extremely important to identify the factors that cause these stresses and then incorporate healthier ways of dealing with them. For instance, spending time with a counselor or a friend could be more useful than going gambling. Group support Like most other de-addiction programs, gambling too has support groups which help people deal with problem gambling. The 12-step recovery programs of Gamblers Anonymous or behavioral therapy given by professionals have proven to be very effective in helping people. The key is to start with acknowledging that a gambling problem exists and that it is imperative to seek help. Many program participants succeed because they address the need to change the way the mind deals with the need to gamble. Making a permanent change in behavior requires complete individual participation, effective treatment therapy and a strong support system.
  2. Its a rainy Tuesday, around 1 in the afternoon. I am headed back downtown to my secret place. While in the car, I pump myself up by blasting the music, running over and over in my head how I see the next 4 to 5 hours going. I begin my mantra "be smart, be up $300 and leave. Don't stay for too long. You always lose more the longer you stay, In and out. You got this, no one can beat you. Play smart". I pull up to the second floor of the parking garage and as I step out of my car I catch a glimpse of the lights, now all of my sense's are engaged and my mantra continues... "I am ready to win today, let's go." I step into the elevator with the music playing and the Las Vegas photos all around me. Ding. the elevator door opens and I am there, the outside world does not exist. I am whoever I want to be, there are no worries. 7 hours later I step back into the same elevator, music still playing with the same Vegas photos and all I want to do is scream. The dream I had 7 hours ago in regards to how the day would turn out has turned into my nightmare. I open my car door, take off my jacket because I cannot stand the smell of the casino and the memories it brings back. I start my car and head home. I stop on the way home with my last $20 I have on me and use it to put gas in the car. Reality sets in, what just happened? I can't believe myself! Then the shame and the embarrassment set in. 2 days ago I told myself that I "would never go back, I'm done for real this time." Obviously that worked... Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I have spent 3 years in this pattern of thinking things would change and be different. Thinking just from a little win one day that the tides have turned, "lady luck is back in my corner, I am back on top, I am in control." We have all felt this way, felt like things could change, should change, yet we ALWAYS go back for more. We think we are untouchable. The thing is though, we are not. We are constantly assaulted by our habit, by our addiction. I lived in denial for 3 years about my "secret." When someone asked me what I was up to, I was always "at dinner" or "busy" or I would simply ignore the inquirer and focus on the high I was on the poker table. The purpose of the this blog is to share bits and pieces of my story with you. To let you know that you are not alone, to let you know that there is a way out. I am not here to fix anyone, I am here to offer my insight and tips on living a better life; one without a secret. From the mountains to the valleys of living life addicted to the lights, sounds, smells, and environment of the Casino. From one addict to another. TheGamblingAddictionblog.com -C
  3. Hello everyone, I used to gamble already since I was around 16 years old. This coming April (2014) I would be 29 years old. I don't want to talk right now much about how I used to bet, but I can tell you, like probably many of you, I believed that I can make money from gambling, and that I can win by beating the system. What made me stop gambling and realize this is not even a habit was the fact I've realized that there is no such thing as responsible gambling - that is a myth, mainly created by the gambling industry itself. You must understand, that you either bet and go into a really bad venture that would take you out of control and cause you to lose money, or you either avoid it by all costs. Just like you avoid jumping into traffic or avoid hurting yourself - same way with gambling, you should avoid that bet, any type of bet, whether it's a bet of 1 dollar or 1000 dollars ... it doesn't matter if it's roulette or sports betting, the chances to win are the same in both cases. Oddsmakers know their job better than you, and even if you manage to "beat" them, you don't ... definitely not in the long term. I suggest anyone who wants to stop gambling for good and recover from this disease to read the book "Gambling Facts and Fictions". This book talks about the points thay many others don't talk about. It shows you why you have no chance to win money in gambling and put that information deep inside, so you would feel disgusted of even thinking to bet one more time. Also put all your feelings into it, the feelings are part of recovery and you need them to help and assist and guide you into the right way. I would keep on updating my diary from time to time. You are all welcome to write your own diaries here and share your stories as well. Thanks!
  4. Welcome and Greetings, I was a compulsive gambler. At the time of posting this post, my age was between 28 and 29 years old. I started betting (mainly on sports) - since I was approximately 15 years old. I created this forum in order to share gambling stories that can teach others about the implications of gambling. Everyone is invited to share his/her own story, I'm also gathering lots of stories which are available to read in this forum, and I've also documented my own gambling life and afterlife - my own story involving all the emotions and anything that was crossing my mind whilst I was betting and after I completely stopped gambling. The forum contains many links and many sources of information to stop gambling, and I welcome each and everyone of you to participate. Along with all that, I wish you all a safe and pleasant recovery.
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