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Substituting One Addiction With Another

Discussion in 'Other Substances' started by RecoveringLife1, Dec 8, 2019.

  1. RecoveringLife1

    RecoveringLife1 Senior Contributor

    So I'm back again... :rolleyes:

    This time, it's a gambling addiction. I still drink but not as often as I used to. Very hard to break. I spend all of my money at the casino and then when I lose, look for more by borrowing from the bank. I'm on the verge of losing everything, I've already lost my boyfriend but I'm pretty sure that won't last long. As long as I get help. I'm looking to go to meetings and he said he will go with me. I had a solution of having him handling my money but he won't do that. I feel like he doesn't want to help sometimes but I get why he doesn't want to have control of my money. He doesn't want to feel full responsible for all of my actions. So I found another job away from this job I already have. And guess what? It's blocks away from the casino. I made an agreement with my boss to only work on Saturdays now. Maybe I should call a hotline for people with gambling addictions? It started when I was on Abilify for my depression and anxiety but I was taken off because of the gambling. Now, it's hard to stop because I've been doing it for a few months now. So all I can do now is just talk about it. Build a support group and continue instead going without. What do you guys think?
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  2. True concern

    True concern Moderator

    I think your a hot j/k.I am sorry to hear you found another addiction, some of us are just prone to adapt quickly to our surroundings and actions to the point of full consumption,I have no idea how or why but I'm similar in if it's new I will enhance my intake or knowledge of it to the point of losing myself over and over and over again.I pray you find the strength to overcome,the will to fight on,and the conviction to see it through.
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  3. DoxyMom

    DoxyMom Community Champion

    I would call the hotline. I hear you can also ban yourself from the casino. Call them and ask them about it. They do it in PA.
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  4. Loner

    Loner Member

    I too can jump from one thing to another...quite easily I've found out.opiates and gambling have h as d me against the ropes the last 10 years ,suboxone and gambling the last 3 of that. The depression got soooooo bad due to gambling I had to get out. That feeling driving away from casino after I had lost everything yet again was going to kill me. Suicide ruled my thoughts, very first thing bbn I thought about every single morning.I changed everything I was doing even left my marriage. Soldiers of self mastery on you tube helped me right at first, he's kind of a funny cat but his message is worthwhile. I had to take the power back . now I know myself pretty well and now i lump all the crap into one category to stay away from it all. I'm still hooked on subs and cigarettes to be truthful but one problem at a time i suppose. Good luck, hope you find that motivation that works for you
  5. cowboyman

    cowboyman Member

    Any addiction is scary. My father was addicted to gambling, and it was a terrible period. He was willing to do anything to gamble in online casinos. I vowed that I would never gamble, but over time I increasingly wanted to try. It was a common curiosity that grew into a method of earning money. I made great money with poker. I understood that there is always a significant risk of losing, but that did not stop me. I cannot explain this, but I have always kept a fantastic composure, and it helped me not become addicted to gambling.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2021