Here we go - another weekend!!

Well here we are - another Friday night; leading into my previous gambling days... (Sat, in particular)... old habits are being broken, but not forgotten. :]  Things are going well GF - workwise, I've been so busy that the time is just flying by during the day... somehow I find ways to avoid temptation after the working hours. I just simply don't allow myself those opportunities.  My initial goal this time was two months GF and I am now at 1 month and 9 days... now I said I wasn't going to be counting any more, but it does make you feel good when you get through the next 24 hours successfully. :] :]  I had a friend today telling me that she really didn't think I had a "Problem" and that a good friend of hers has such a wonderful system, etc. of being able to play the games and still remain sane; we should meet up & have dinner and talk so she can help me understand it all. Obviously, I told her - no - I reallly DO have a problem and I'm happy to NOT be gambling.  Some people just DONT' get it.  She told me that she's not compulsive or addicted to anything at all, also not competitive.. I said - that's why you really can't understand the feelings of those that are!! Anyway, it was a rather fruitless conversation, so I just went on my way. I don't blame her at all . . she simply can't understand if she's never been there or know someone that has.  That's why this site is so GREAT... we're all speaking the same language!! Thanks for listening. Hope everyone is doing well - ODAAT!!!!Have a wonderful weekend,Smokeygirl

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WOW I am soooo proud of you for resisting that temptation! I don\'t know how many times I came up with \"systems\" that I was just sure were going to win....and of course, they didn\'t. If there were systems that worked, word would spread like wildfire, and the casinos would all go out of business! I hear you on how people who aren\'t like us just can\'t understand....I really believe no one understands but another compulsive gambler! I had a similar experience a couple of months ago with one of my friends that I used to gamble with occasionally...she just didn\'t want to believe I have a real problem...and wouldn\'t be gambling with her any more.... Thanks for your supportive comments on my journal...it is so great not to feel alone in this struggle! Hope you are having a great night...and on to another successful weekend of being gamble free! Hugs, Dianne
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Ekkk - that\'s a scary friend there - it is good that you were able to stick to your guns and not fool yourself. You know your limits. It\'s funny - often when people have a problem themselves they will minimise others to justify their own gambling. It doesn\'t really matter - this is your journey and not hers.
Well done my friend. I am proud of you - hugs Suzi
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I\'m glad you decided to not listen to this person, you\'re right, they don\'t know what having a compulsive gambling disorder means. I\'ve been in the casino(gambling) industry for a really long time, and there are very few people out there who can gamble on a regular basis and have control over it completely. Stay in control by not going. I\'m proud of you, and be proud of yourself, you are strong! (((hugs)))
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I am in agreement here that is a pretty scary \"friend\" and I am glad you didn\'t listen to her. Couldn\'t say she has a problem since I don\'t know her, but weren\'t we all there at one point perticularly in the begining falling in love with our addiction knowing we were in complete control. Ugh, so glad your here Smokeygirl stay away from that friend, at least right now, if she does have a problem and ever decideds to face it she will know you have been there.
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WTG on overcoming that temptation. I too have a friend that loves to tempt me, she always minimizes the problem, hers and mine and she really doesn\'t like it that I won\'t gamble with her anymore. Oh well, that\'s just how it is. I know for me I KNOW I have a problem and the only way for me to remain sane is to not gamble. You did the right thing. Love and hugs