Help-Need to Stop Gambling

Hi everyone,

I need to stop gambling again, but have not been able to take that first step back to the Gamblers Anonymous program. I've been gambling again since my Mom got so sick with brain cancer. It was devastating to watch her deteriorate over a two-year time span and go thru three major brain surgeries. She passed away in November and I've been gambling again for over a year. I'm to the point that I want to go to the casino every day. I don't know if I'm still struggling with the grief of her death, or if I'm depressed, or what it is. It's hard to define the empty feeling that I have a lot of the time. Any suggestions to help motivate seems like I'm in "stuck" mode. Thanks so much!


Posted: 19 Jul 2006 05:28 am Post subject:
I'm sorry to hear that you lost someone you love.

From what I gather from your post, I think what happend to your Mother could be a trigger or one of the triggers for your gambling.

Someone I love passed away last year. I had to make peace with him and myself. How long you are in mourning is up to you.

Things will get better for you.

Denise C

Posted: 23 Jul 2006 07:25 am Post subject:

One of the things that got me back to Gamblers anonymous was the thought that I was throwing away my life in front of a machine. My father had died six months before at a fairly young age and I thought hell I might only have twenty years to live; is this the way I want my last twenty years to be? It sounds like you are sick and tired of being sick and tired Liz; you don't have to do this alone anymore. Go to a meeting; force yourself until it comes natural. It will be the best gift you ever give yourself. Its very easy to hide our emotions in our addiction, it was for me anyway.

Denise C.
3 years 4 months and 14 days without a bet