Gambling Addiction & Recovery Support Group

Compulsive gambling is an urge or addiction to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. A preferred term among many professionals is problem gambling, as few people described by the term experience true compulsions in the clinical sense of the word. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others rather than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Extreme cases of problem gambling may cross over into the realm of mental disorders. Pathological gambling was recognized as a psychiatric disorder in the DSM-III, but the criteria were significantly reworked based on large-scale...

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  • yong

    I have relapsed...

    I was able to stop for 2 straight months playing the slots but I relapsed and lost then went back a week after and lost again.  Played again last Sept 17th because I wanted to celebrate  after a good week at work but lost a lot :(... I hope that was the last...
  • CrookedZebras

    Help my stop gambling

    Every morning I wake up promising myself that I will not gamble. Every night I go to bed wishing that I hadn't. It's a cycle and I can't break it. So I'm going to try posting here to see if it can help me get out of this circle of betting, winning, betting, losing, betting, chasing, quitting, betting to win back some losses and then planning to quit for good, betting and winning, betting to win...
  • stayingfocused


    i havent gambled for 5 is day #6 and i will not gamble today...thanks for reading
  • stayingfocused

    Feeling Good

    i did not gamble yesterday and i will not gamble today. when i read other posts in this thread, its inpirational and motivational for me, knowing people like me with the same addiction, same stories, same life pattern, can change and are trying hard to conquer this horrible minute, one hour, one day at at time and support from our "peers" is paramount!
  • Sickofmyself

    Little helps

    One thing I have learned in life in trying to better myself is that we kind of need to learn from our successes and failures. Add tools to your life that helps you live a life that makes you feel good about yourself....One thing that is simple in my gambling addiction was/is don't go to the atm and get a hundred dollars out just to have some carrying around money...get twenty or maybe...
  • stayingfocused

    Another Day

    so cool to feel good  waking up  and going to bed...each day is a small victory. today i did not gamble. these daily posts are a good form of accomplishment for thank you for reading and tolerating my redundancy
  • itsjustmeagain


  • thegospel

    Your darkest moment..

    Please (if you want) share your 'darkest' moment during this horrible (but temporary) disease.  Remembering our biggest mess ups will help you realize what was I doing and will help you stop.Me:  Sleeping in the casino bathroom stall (floor) waiting for the bank machines to reset and open again (3am to 6am) so I could withdraw money to throw away again.  It was bad.But now gamble free for 4...
  • Robin-Mc

    6 mos 18 days

    My life feels better without gambling, because I'm learning to love myself.I'm happier without gambling, because I've stopped lying to myself.Good things continue to happen without gambling, because actually, they always have, it's just that now I'm grateful and present for them.WHO am I writing about here?  ME  WHY am I writing about me?  Because that's why I'm here.  To write about how it...
  • JER29-11

    Not sure where to start, but know I must STOP!

    Hello everyone or anyone.  This is my first actual post (my previous attempt got lost in cyberspace, somehow)!  I know that I need to find a support group of some sort. I thought that starting oniine might be a good idea.  I am ready to admit that I have "somehow" developed a compulsive behavior toward gambling. I am not sure if I am a full-fledged addict or not, but it doesn't matter, since...
  • stayingfocused


    today i did not gamble...thanks for listening
  • NewToForums

    First time on a forum

    Hello.  I placed my last bet on 10/6/2016.  I went to my first meeting last night since summer began.  I had a very busy summer which helped keep my mind off gambling.  My favorite wagers were on sports.  Football season has just started up and it has brought back alot of gambling thoughts and emotions.  I decided it was time to get back to regular meetings.  I'm glad that I went last...
  • stayingfocused

    desire to change

    ive been gambling my entire adult life. like most people in here, i too hate the fact that something like this controls me. i want to stop, and i do, but i always go back. i need to find some sort of support that will keep it real for me, keep me motivated to stay clean...and i ssy clean as in any addiction, just because we arent putting alcohol or drugs in our body, doesnt mean its not s...
  • Trev74

    GA Meetings

    Anyone feeling at the end of the line with their gambling addiction take the first step to a new life and attend a GA meeting. Take it from someone who has gambled near on 30 years and now thanks to GA am bet free over 4 months and feeling better than ever. One day at a time,take your life back and leave misery of gambling behind 
  • backinblack

    I am a compulsive gambler

    But just for today, I will not gamble! I day at a time it gets better and better.  Stay strong!