How did this happen to me?


I am not completely certain I am to blame for everthing that has happed to me because of the casinos. Does anyone else out there who plays the slots feel like they have been hypnotized? I have started playing those 20-30 line penny or 2 cent machines and it seems that with the more eye movements and all those sounds; hours could pass by and it would just seem like a couple minutes. Sounds like hypnosis to me. I didn't really relate it to this until I lost everything to the slots, decided to get help with a psychologist and the treatment was a hypnosis that uses eye movements. It then occured to me, that I was getting treated by the method that made me sick in the first place. That made me mad. Where does it say anywhere in a casino that slot machines will hypnotize you and by entering you give your permission for this hypnosis. They have literally brainwashed me. I feel they are no different than a cult. Why is this permissible? I want my life back, and I am willing to fight for it.

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At this point is it
Submitted by denisec on Mon, 2007-04-09 11:24.

At this point is it important how this happened or that you admit and accept that you are a compulsive gambler. Once you can accept that you have a problem then you can do something about it. I know all about the anger and looking for a reason why I started or why I had this problem or why me. Once I got past all of those then my head was clear enough to just deal with what to do about it. For me it was gamblers anonymous; I realize that everyone has to take their own path. Gamblers anonymous changed my life though and gave me the tools to stop and stay stopped. I wish you the best on the path a head of you.

Denise C 4 years and one month without a bet

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i dont feel the casino
Submitted by challis on Fri, 2007-04-13 22:54.

i dont feel the casino hypnotizes people,rather our own weakness,s are leading us to the lure of a chance of easy money,self hypnotizim i,d say. and it works very well...untill we loose enough money ,then the questions ,how did i let myself slide into this mess...for me i,m still keenly aware of the unfinished bussiness i have with mr casino,and yes,mr casino has many ks of my cash sitting in his bank,and no, i,m not getting it back...what should i do next---- you tell me !!!!!!!!!!! its hard work to keep hitting my head against a casino wall.

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We have to fight
Submitted by Harry on Sat, 2007-04-14 01:14.

I absolutely agree with you. They are selling drug legally.

And then they are saying you are compulsive, you have problem with your personality. One absurd thing, when I attended a meeting for gambling patients--I will not call us as problem gamblers or compulsive gamblers-- for several weeks, is that the patients feel shame.

For what? Because of losing money or doing gambling, do they feel? It is a conspiracy among goverment, the rich and the criminal. As a result, have we not donated lots of money? We have to sue them. They have ruined the right to pursue our happiness. They are saying it was our choise. Why do they prohibit drugs? Isn't it the personal choice? We have to fight not for us but for our children and seniors.

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harry, all the best in your
Submitted by challis on Sat, 2007-04-14 04:30.

harry, all the best in your fight,look at whats going on in macou,so many mega casinos being built to lure the new rich chinese,its discusting and unethical.were lucky in australia that theres only one casino in each state,we have to be educated about what gambling can do to your mind,its not a happy ending,which suits the gambling machines,they want us to simply fade away..anyway i try not to gamble,but its enticing me ,so i remember the bad bets and come here