Day Two


Hi All,

I am new to the group. Not ready to share my whole story, thinking about it makes me cringe. I am so happy to have found this site. I found a few others but they didn't look like they were still active. It has been two days since I've gambled at the Casino. It is 45 minutes away from where I live. It has really helped to read your stories and advice. It makes me feel less alone and gives me hope. I have stopped gambling on my own for a few months here and there, I have had a problem with compulsive gambling for two years. I am a Single Parent and my family does not know about my problem. I know everyone thinks I'm stressed or acting differently but I've been through alot a Divorce, a parent with a Brain anyurism (She's alive and well), and a Job that was not very secure for the last two years.) I was also diagnosed with ADD when I went to Therapy going through my Divorce. My Compulsive gambling started a few weeks after I started taking the medication Strattera. I have since stopped taking it and my doctor has me on Ritalin. But off the medication or on the medication I still have the problem. I was hoping it was the medication and I could go back to gambling for entertainment with friends and family. Anyway, so much for not sharing my story. It feels silly to say this Day two for me! Woo, Woo. I can't wait until I can say 5 years and 4 days. :) Good luck to all of you and thanks for sharing your stories.

Karen

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Karen, I'm not a medical
Submitted by Bach on Mon, 2006-09-25 16:35.

Karen, I'm not a medical expert but I've read a few articles and some suggest that one cause of gambling addiction could be prescription drugs. I think one of the drugs mentioned is mirapex.

From what I undersand, illegal and prescription drugs effect the brain in strange ways. I'm not an expert on the subject, but having been on prescription drugs, I now refuse to take any unless i'm faced with a physical injury (broken bone, back...).

As for ADD, I don't know how they diagnose that. Most things in life are self-fulfilling prophecies.