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(also known as Stay Away, Avoid, Self-exclusion)
Distancing is the appropriate selection of distance between oneself and a combatant throughout an encounter. As a treatment, it involves staying away or avoiding those objects which may cause harm. more at Wikipedia

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Overall, 68% (772 Members) find Distancing helpful
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i can't help myself anymore and i need help and guidance
Have been gamblig more frequently and increasing my bets at the casino the past couple of years. It is starting to affect my finances. We make a good income, however, am living pay to pay day and chasing credit cards. Have tried to stay away from the Casino and made it a week only to go back and blow a couple hudred dollars. Used to be able to go and spend only 20 or 40. Now go and spend anywhere from 200 to 300. Never leave when ahead. From what I read this never gets any better.
Self exclusion didn't work. It's time to make a bigger commitment.
Avoiding and staying away is working, but I will be facing some challenges this summer when I travel to Aruba. I am confident that I can rise above those challenges if I stay focused on my recovery, and I have a plan before I go. It will be crucial that I stick to that plan.
I have been gambling for years. It has not been a pleasant experience. The longest I quit for before is 4 months 4 days and another quit for 6 months. Normally I only abstain for a few days, maybe up to 2 or 3 weeks. Support from other recovering gamblers makes working my recovery better, stronger.
If you can't be there you can't do it. No online gambling available where I live luckily but one too many casinos.
Working well, so far. The support really helps.
i couldn't pass the darn place or avoid passing it until i hit rock bottom, now i hardly drive by it and when i do, i don't think of it usually and when i do, i feel good for driving by.
Banned myself from all poker clubs and betting venues in my city, removed anyone from my life or contacts who had anything to do with gambling.
Sometimes works, it's still a struggle, I still fall.
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Discussions

  1. Discussion: Distancing myself
    Your response took a lot of self control and discipline. That is such a wonderful idea to stop for a moment and let Tim guide you. And you are corr... [More]
  2. Discussion: Self-Exclusion
    I just self-excluded in PA on Sunday. I had done it once before and it works for me. PA is pretty strict, though. I read articles all the time of p... [More]
  3. Discussion: Self-Exclusion
    What are your thoughts about self-exclusion? I am considering self excluding myself in PA, and I was wondering if you feel that it really helps. [More]
  4. Discussion: Trying to stay away
    Proud of your courage. I am in a similar place but can't take that step. Hugs to you. Don't give up on your self. [More]
  5. Discussion: Trying to stay away
    I say that you are missing a super important point - that staying away from him is NOT controlling your self. You said = "He often triggered m... [More]