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My life without the casino

Discussion in 'Share Your Story Here' started by AngryItalian, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. AngryItalian

    AngryItalian Member

    I have successfully stayed two weeks out of the casino.

    I was a warehouse associate for Amazon, and at my young age I am ashamed I threw that opportunity down the toilet so I could go to the casino and lose all the money there that I made and the job itself.

    I became a horrible person because of my addition to gambling which essentially caused me to severely damage my relationship with my entire family. I lost my job, my girlfriend, my money, got in debt, and got kicked out of my house, all because I couldn't stop gambling, no matter how much it costed me.

    After I got fired it really made me stop and think about what I was doing and how much it had cost me. I can now say I think I am done with gambling, at least until I learn to budget myself and keep it under control and do it like it is supposed to be done, for fun.

    I put that same effort into finding a place to stay, and as it turns out I got another job and I found a room to stay in for a couple months while I get back on my feet.

    I must say I feel blessed to be recovering from this addiction this well and so fast. Normally I see people like me lose their entire house, their car, their life savings and everything. I can now come and cover my debts and save money for me.

    For anyone out their who has severely damaged their life for the way that they let their addiction control it, there is always still hope, I can't stress that enough. My prayers go out to you all!
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  2. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    Good to know that you are able to overcome your addiction and keep it up. :)
    True that there is always hope especially for those who are helping themselves be successful in defeating their addictions. You are an inspiration for that change you are making to your life.
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  3. Scooby Snack

    Scooby Snack Community Champion

    People always dwell on so-called success stories; I think the most inspiring ones are the ones where people struggle up from the bottom.

    Also, have you checked out Dave Ramsey's work? Look him up on YouTube--he's a Christian financial guru, very inspirational and refreshingly no-nonsense about money matters. I've juts found him and he's awesome, maybe he can help you sort out your finances?
  4. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Glad to hear that you have your life back on track and are doing so much better. I have heard some terrible stories about people who are addicted to gambling. People who have lost everything and people who have taken their own lives because they couldn't deal with all that they had lost. I wish you all the best are you more forward with your life. Thanks for sharing!
  5. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @AngryItalian... Thanks for updating us. I'm thrilled to hear that you have made a positive change in your life. Keep doing the next right thing, and maybe consider staying away from the casino and gambling permanently. I think your life will be much better without it. Know that we are here to help and support you anytime you need it.
    MrsJones likes this.
  6. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Hello there, @AngryItalian! It's great to hear from you again. :) Wow, kudos to you for being able to stay out of the casino for two weeks now! Way to go! Just always stay focused, and keep yourself motivated. All the best!
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  7. hwarren

    hwarren Member

    I am so pleased for you that you are finally getting your life back on track!! It's an inspirational story, keep us all updated. I would recommend avoiding the casino scene for a while though. It's great you have found a place to stay. Try taking up a hobby or something online that could bring you in some extra cash and keep you busy. Good luck. :)
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  8. Dwayneu

    Dwayneu Community Champion

    Hey man, I am very happy to hear that you have managed to cut this negative, destructive addiction from your life, and it sounds like the damage isn't even that bad yet, it could be worse! Congrats on your two weeks, keep us updated.
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  9. JonnyMacdonald

    JonnyMacdonald Community Champion

    Gambling is a terrible curse on us. It sucks people in and destroys lives.
    If you have not already looked into the "self-exclusion" system I highly recommend it.
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  10. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well, I think you got control of your habit in the nick of time before it caused you serious and irreparable damage. I think I am too afraid to lose money to ever develop a gambling addiction, but I have a feeling if there was a casino near me...I would be going more often than I should.
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  11. AngryItalian

    AngryItalian Member

    I'm having some trouble with my job, because they need to verify my previous employment conditions, but I have got word on a few new opportunities I'm interested. As suggested I've found a few side things to do online. Something just to pass time and be more productive and less destructive then the casino was. I find finding a casino that allows free bitcoin every so many seconds to play with helps curve the tendency to spend my own money. It also really shows me how much money I spent gambling my own invested money. It was quite scary to me. I am so thankful for all of your caring and support guys. It is always much appreciated!
    MrsJones likes this.
  12. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    Good for you that your story is one of the success stories that we can read over here in the forum. I'm glad to know that you have managed to bouce back from your gambling addiction, and it seems like you are in a better place now. I wish you all the best in life and in your future endeavors!
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  13. ReadmeByAmy

    ReadmeByAmy Community Champion

    @AngryItalian It is a good thing to know that you had successfully stayed out of the casino for two weeks. It is truly a great achievement already and I do hope that you will continue to have this motivation to change your life for the better. You already knew that there is no really such good thing gambling can bring into your life and you had learned your lesson and let this be your guide while moving on from your past mistakes in your life. You are really blessed to be recovering from this kind of addiction that is why you must not waste this opportunity and always be an inspiration to other people by telling your success and story in your struggles to addiction. Keep on praying and it really works!
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  14. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @AngryItalian... Don't let that free Bitcoin casino tempt you into going back to the real thing. Maybe think about avoiding any gambling altogether? Just a thought.
    MrsJones likes this.
  15. doatk22

    doatk22 Community Champion

    Congrats on 2 weeks! Keep it up! I'm glad you had a real wake up call and changed your ways.
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  16. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    @AngryItalian... Just wondering how you're doing. Check in with us when you get a chance, okay?
  17. AngryItalian

    AngryItalian Member

    I'm doing fairly well, but I am getting stressed over some gambling debts that I still have left over. I lost my job, and nobody is hiring within my range. I have no idea what I am going to do from here D:
  18. danjon

    danjon Senior Contributor

    Stick with it. I've often said that a gambling addiction is one of the worst things that can happen to a person because it has the potential to ruin your life in such a short order.

    Sorry to hear about your debts; insolvency is one option, but there are may others. Good luck in sorting this out.
  19. kgord

    kgord Community Champion

    Well hopefully at least you managed to pay off your debts when you were still working. Please don't go back to the casinos because you are depressed. You may have to find a temporary job to allow you to have some income still coming in. It is one of the things you may need at this point.
  20. deanokat

    deanokat DrugAbuse.com Community Organizer Community Listener

    Keep working hard on the job search, @AngryItalian. And don't let your situation get you too down. Keep doing the next right thing and things will work out.
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