Hit rock bottom

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lostitall Sun 18-Apr-21 13:41:35

Name changed due to the same
I have lost all my savings due to gambling. Things got totally out of hand during lockdown. A mixture of needing the buzz but then thinking I could make that bit more. I was foolish and got greedy. That money was meant to be to treat the kids to stuff after a shocking year. I know now I need help but feel so truly shocking I've screwed my kids over
No point to this btw but I needed to tell somebody

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lostitall Sun 18-Apr-21 14:20:28

Anyone been in this situation who can offer some help?

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SmellyUnicorn Sun 18-Apr-21 14:34:53

I have. Got into a huge mess but am now over 3yrs clean.

Go to gamcare website and contact them, they should be able to arrange some counselling for you. The forums are helpful as well. Go to GameStop website and register for a self exclusion for 5yrs.

SmellyUnicorn Sun 18-Apr-21 14:38:04

That's the practicals.

The money is gone, you need to forget about that and not try to win it back.

You will feel like the world is ending and hate yourself. That will get easier but use those emotions to not relapse.

lostitall Sun 18-Apr-21 15:41:03

Thank you
This is bound to add to the terrible depression and self loathing I was already feeling

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Wheesplat Sun 18-Apr-21 16:14:17

Have you contacted your GP to get some medicine for the depression? I know its hard to get an appointment but they can prescribe over the phone.

lostitall Sun 18-Apr-21 16:47:18

Yes I've been on meds a while. Recently been advised to increase my dose
I'm still so appalled at this stupid idiot behaviour.

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SmellyUnicorn Sun 18-Apr-21 23:04:20

Unfortunately you will still feel like that for a while. It absolutely killed me inside but it does fade.
Try the gamcare website and please contact them.I had 8 counselling sessions free and it helped me massively. I was able to work out my triggers which then helped me not gamble any more.
GameStop will self exclude you from all reputable websites in one fail swoop. It gave me that extra reassurance that I couldn't gamble even if I wanted to.
Have you told anyone in real life?

Howmanysleepsnow Sun 18-Apr-21 23:28:21

Ok. That’s good.
I’ve hit rock bottom twice so far. Use it as a trigger to take control. You can do this.

(And plan free treats for the kids.)

lostitall Wed 21-Apr-21 23:20:30

SmellyUnicorn

Unfortunately you will still feel like that for a while. It absolutely killed me inside but it does fade.
Try the gamcare website and please contact them.I had 8 counselling sessions free and it helped me massively. I was able to work out my triggers which then helped me not gamble any more.
GameStop will self exclude you from all reputable websites in one fail swoop. It gave me that extra reassurance that I couldn't gamble even if I wanted to.
Have you told anyone in real life?


Yes I've told my best friend

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