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This is a safe place to discuss gambling problems, tv addition, or Internet addiction.

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I do have gambling problem. i stopped adn then taugth myself to count cards and started agian. and then everything was ok til one sunday when i lost all i had won and its been downhill from there
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I do have TV and Internet Addiction. I hope this one can help me But i have good news i will break cycle and go YMCA after 2 pm
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Internet addiction..... ruins evrything. i know first hand growing up i could not play video games or usethe computer w/out supervision. when i went away to college i missed my classes and would head straight to the library and be on till they closed at 10. i still have issues w/ it almost a yr later. it consumes my life. is there an end in sight ever?
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This is a safe place to discuss gambling problems, tv addition, or Internet addiction.

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I've conquered drug & alcohol addictions. Had conquered smoking for 5 years till I got depressed & took it up again. I'm also addicted to the internet & TV. I have TV on 24/7. I can't sleep without it on. I record multiple shows & stress if I think about missing a favourite show. I live my life vicariously through the television set; I genuinely feel like I've travelled if I watch a travel show etc. I'm too scared to live my own life so I just experience everything through TV & online. I don't know if it's my illness speaking, but I seriously don't feel like I'm missing out on anything, other than a romantic relationship. And I'm an internet binge-er (is that a word?). I'll be online for 2-3 days straight, then not touch it for a week; depending on what BP phase I'm in. While it's not bothering me now, I worry that one day I'll regret missing out on so much. And it makes me sad that I get my human contact via chatrooms with strangers. I guess there are plenty of people on here like me, hey?
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I have also been a compulsive gambler for years. It takes a ton of inner strength and determination to finally quit this horrible addiction. The key is that you have to WANT to quit. And I mean ANY form of gambling. This means NO free play, NO purchasing lottery tickets, NO going to casinos, not even to dine at their restaurants, no matter how cheap their prices are. You have to start by first admitting that you're a compulsive gambler, then admitting that you've probably hurt many people in your life, including family members and friends. Then you will need to deal with the repercussions from being absent from so many family events and milestones. Then it's the guilt...and you WILL feel guilty!!! Trust me, I got SO tired of feeling crappy after I lost all of my money. It's a horrible feeling to lose everything you own...and I mean everything!! If this is even remotely what you're going through, then please feel free to discusss! I am by no means an expert, as I've only been gamble-free for the past 8 months. But I can help you get back on track if you really want to quit. It's entirely up to you!!
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This sounds like my husband (exactly), the only problem is he has not admitted to being a compulsive gambler. Thanks for giving me an inside perspective of what my husband might be going through.
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Gambling sucks...I always thought I was a well groomed educated young man with his head on his shoulders. I grew up with values, was very active in the community with friends and family, and always seemed to "live right" so to speak. Started gambling when a friend took me to a casino for the first time and I won $750 on a video poker machine. Amazing I thought, the onset grew and went downhill from there. I wasn't a fan really of little slot/machine games because I am an extrovert and like to associate with others. I introduced myself slowly to table games (ie. craps, blackjack, roulette) which allowed me to entertain myself with others feeling like a party of sorts. I was or felt like I was good at them too, although I had no control over the outcome of these games, solely because I would leave the casino with a couple hundred bucks by the end of the night. Once my mind developed this idea, all hope was lost. I got greedy without acknowledging what greed was and would go to win much more money because the little stuff wasn't enough. At one point, I was up $10k but still walked out of the casino that very night down $500, and even in doing so still would come back thereafter for more suffering. I sold things...golf clubs, instruments, watches to nearby pawnshops for a tenth of the original purchasing cost just to try and win back money I had blown the days when I were down (sickest feeling in the world.) I've stolen money numerous times, but justified it as borrowing because I KNEW I would make the money back and be able to replace it. Broke the heart of some close family members when they found out the path I was on, so I forced myself to stop. I thought I was better after going 5 months without gambling, but the urge came back and again I "borrowed" a great deal of money to feed into the urge that is slowly ruining my life. After hurting my family again, I have no choice but to find help in multiple facets, or I may end up in jail. It's crazy that I know I am doing wrong but the urge overpowers it. Any advice would be great as I don't want to ruin my life nor those around me anymore.
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Wow. Had no idea I was addicted to TV. But I am. My life revolves around it. I didnt think any thing of it. I live with my 78 year old mom and I take care of her but looking back I've been losing myself to TV while my mom sits at her computer all day. I only go out for Dr appts, groceries, errands and whatnot. My 25 year old daughter was stay w us for 8 weeks while waiting for boyfriend to come back. They are expecting any day now. While she was here I actually didn't watch near as much TV. But since she moved a week ago its all I've done.
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Hi,
I too have a gambling problem. I am borrowing money from family members an pretty much on the edge of losing everything.
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