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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I need to stop

Can anyone out there give me some encouragement on stopping? I've come to the end of my rope so to speak. I am waiting on my disability to be approved, and I've gone through my savings in a matter of 9 months, and I'm trying, really trying, to stop. The circle of gambling and then feeling guilt until the next time is terrible. It's amazing how the brain can trick you and tell you that it's alright to continue doing this and it just doesn't go away.

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Hi, as someone who has been there, and didn't think I'd ever gain control over my gambling compulsions, I can tell you it is possible. A real struggle for several months, then easier and easier. May I suggest spending a few hours reading backwards through all the posts on this forum, to learn about things like GA, self-exclusion, and all sorts of useful tools?
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Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I've been thinking today that I have to look at it from the view of one day at a time, instead of forever...it's too big that way. I plan on attending my first GA meeting tonight, and I've realized that it's too big for me to handle alone. I just received a flyer in the mail today from one of the many local casinos, and I'm going to take myself off of their mailing lists. As the urge goes away, I don't want to be continuously reminded of how close they really are.
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Hi have you thought about using Hypnotherapy for your problem gambling basically hypnotises you to have that compulsion so if you see a good hypnotherapist they can literally de-hypnotise you and remove the power that gambling has over you so you can get back in control of your life.
Give it a go it works and you can beat this dreaded problem.
Good luck :)
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I haven't thought about hyponotherapy, but I do have a therapist and she is going to help me with this as well. Thank you for the idea.
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Screamer-
It sounds as though you have established a strong support base right out of the gate. Learn to lean a little, and trust that while it may never be easy, it won't always be this difficult.

I believe that talk therapy is essential in dealing with any mental health issue, which I believe gambling addiction is. While working through lifelong issues is often difficult, I see a direct correlation between what I learned as a child, how I have lived my life as an adult, the paths I have taken and the choices I have made along the way. I'm fortunate to have access to a therapist specialing in addictive behaviors, I find this additional training to be beneficial.
I also read a great deal, and would be happy to recommend titles if you are interested.
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It almost sounds as though you know me already. Yes, I have tried to establish a strong support base. That's what I'm going to need in order to get through this, but it took me awhile to get here, and it's going to take awhile to get out of it. I do talk therapy once a week for other issues, but I have emailed my therapist and confessed that I hadn't been totally honest about my gambling, so now it is time to deal with that as well. I would appreciate any information that you have to give, and I have plenty of time to read, so please, if you have any info, pass it on. Thank you well in advance.