I've been attending 12 step meetings and I haven't placed a bet since April 15, 2008. I was attending meetings 3 to 4 times a week and I felt I was doing well. I heard over and over that a newcomer should get a sponsor and work the steps, which I did. I believe getting a sponsor was a big mistake. Very quickly my sponsor brought up the subject of pressure relief. I soon was told that I needed to turn my money over to another person to manage. In addition I was told that I needed to create a repayment plan. I don't plan on turning my money over to another person. I've had thousands in the bank since I've stopped gambling and I've been able to refrain from gambling, despite it being a trigger. In addition I've discussed filing bankruptcy with a lawyer which I believe I'm going to do. I see this as a God send for many different reason. What I've found is that both of these things are in opposition to my sponsor. Also GA litature says that people that declare bankruptcy are "running away" page 3 of Pressure Relief Meeting pamphlet. Now I'm thinking why attend GA? My sponsor and I are at odds because I won't follow his financial advice so I've stopped working the steps and why stay with a program that says I'm "running away" cause I'm going to declare bankruptcy? Anyone else have a similar experience?
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