SRS Gambling Addiction

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  1. Savage

    Savage New Member

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    I'll keep it short. Gambling has kicked my ass as of late. I've blown a couple thousand on online blackjack in the last couple weeks, and I'm tired of it owning my life. I deleted it all of my computer, but I did this once before and gave in and came back.

    What are some things I can do to keep it out of mind?
     
  2. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    Go to a meeting. Replace the word drugs/alcohol with gambling in your head.
     
  3. selfpollution

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    There are support groups for Compulsive Gamblers also, aren't there. They might not be as widespread and easily accessable.
     
  4. Darketernal

    Darketernal Watch: Aria The Origination =)

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    Well, instead of using 'real' money, you could play a addictive on-line game , that's 'free' , replacing a bigger fire with a smaller fire, until you become tired of the free game , and quit gambling completely because you come to understand that its stupid to gamble, because casino's make the slots always so that the odds are always against you. They take back with 5 hands what they give with 1 hand. Its like a fishing rod with bait, you must refuse to nab the bait , because they will reel you in financially. :down:
     
  5. eligh

    eligh Go To A Meeting

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    that's like drinking non-alcoholic beer
     
  6. I'm a Slacker

    I'm a Slacker ASStastic

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    I've had this problem for a long time. it's a roller coaster ride with HIGHS (big wins) and LOW (big losses).....it's the highs that sucker you back in. As soon as you think you're done it comes right back to you. I'm not addicted to casino games but I'm addicted to sports gambling. I'll quit for weeks and next thing you know I'll have money on a game and when it hits I'm back in again. it will never end for me.:wtc: I have learned to manage my money. i have a separate account for me to gamble with, this will prevent me from losing more than I can afford. Your situation sounds easier to walk away from......just keep yourself busy and try to avoid the gambling sites.
     
  7. Tycoon

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    Oh Hiya!
    I have the same problem man. I would win money, then lose it all and then dig farther into my bank account to make up for my losses, only to have it reapeat.

    You know what I did? I sent emails harassing the support team at all the poker programs, so I got banned from using them. I can no longer play at Party Poker, Full Tlt, Pacific Poker, Poker Stars or Paradise Poker.

    I also got my Neteller account closed on purpose. Sadly, this was the only way to stop. I had to have something actually block me from having access.
     
  8. On Da River

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    Im in the same boat.. i just lost 800+ last friday on pokerroom.com and I deleted all the software off my computer. Before this I lost over $2400 in vegas and the local detroit casinos. I'm trying my best to stay out of the game but it's those winnings that make me feel that after payday on Friday, I'll be back playing Poker. I'm going to try to keep myself from playing anymore :wtc:
     
  9. S4Driver

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    Try and keep yourself busy with other things. Maybe try and find something else that you can get into. Join a gym, play sports, hang with friends..... Hope you get better :)
     
  10. tidalxwave

    tidalxwave WWKD? OT Supporter

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    Start working out, play a sport, occupy yourself with other activities. Its the only way to combat any addiction. If you dont have time to think about what to do, then you wont have decide for yourself (since your always busy). by the time you comeback, you'll be so tired and you wont want to play. Lock up your money somehow with investments (or long-term CD accounts at banks) so you can't spend money even if you wanted to.
     
  11. Dammtootin

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    if you cameback to do it again, then u r not over it. u got two options. 1. get help 2. lose more than u can dream of at one day that it will be hard to climb back from the grave you dug for yourself. both are permanent and imo the only solutions. i chose the latter
     
  12. Devious

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    Hey man i am in the exact same situation and i feel for you. Getting credit cards was the worst thing i think i have ever done. I am university student, who has spent close to ... probably 12-14k in gambling since i turned 18 (now 23). I have had ups/downs, and times where i would not gamble for months. I recently had another set-back which cost my close to 4k, working on paying it off now. What i've done has been said already. Ban yourself from all the poker sites and casinos. Online casinos are tough because they don't care about your life, and will not take a "permanent ban" seriously, so it requires a lot of will power on your own. The online casinos are also run along with others so you could probably ban yourself from the affiliate program. First thing i've done is cut off my money supply. Phone your CC providers and say you've lost your wallet. When you get the new cards in the mail, have someone other than yourself phone in a activate the cards, and then have them scratch off the 3 digit security number.

    I am going on a month straight of no gambling, and i needed to put in place hardcore measures so i don't have the money to do it, because i know i will.
     
  13. grandioseone

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    as has been pointed out a few times already in this thread, something that can be a lot of help is to involve yourself in another activity. chances are that after you stop gambling you might find yourself anxious or fidgety, almost as if you feel like you *should* be gambling simply because of the energy pent up in your body.

    because of this, running or exercising are often taken up by people who find that they are putting in too much time or money in other things (like gambling, smoking, drinking, and so on).

    so try to find yourself an activity that is good for you, even in large doses, affordable, and most importantly, something you like to do (and could like even more!).

    gardening/hiking/painting are just a few suggestions. give yourself something else to do and you'll pull through just fine ;)
     

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