I have been struggling with problem gambling for 4 years. I had 6 months of not gambling, twice in that period, the latest being Jan 1 2010 and it wasn't hard. I made a promise to myself and my partner that I was done with it and I really felt like I was. I didn't think about gambling much at all for those 6 months. We split up and that day I went to the casino and lost money. For the past 3 months I have been going off and on and have hurt myself financially. I don't even really enjoy it anymore like I used to. When I am doing it, it feels like it's all about the money. The activity and the machines and the environment seem really stupid when I'm there and when I think about it. I am still trying to chase back the 10's of thousands of dollars I lost though, so that still grips me. I feel so close to being completely done with it for good. Tomorrow I am starting to see a counsellor for it and am really happy about it. I think if I didn't have access to my bank card, I wouldn't gamble at all and I wouldn't miss it much at all. If I don't have access to my bank card, I won't have access to cash and won't bother going into the bank to get money. I wish I would have done that a long time ago.
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