Thanks for your story Carlo and it’s great to hear that you stopped for a while. Sounds like you’re very much on the right track. I would advise against going to an arcade for fun, but of course you know yourself best. However, gambling addiction is a huge adversary to beat permanently (I speak from experience). And mood and mental toughness often vary in strength and level. Sometimes you can feel super good and disciplined for a year, incredibly resilient and not gambling is almost that easy

Carlo, super proud of you! Very similar story to my own story, by the way, how it all starts and how you keep getting money and looking for more and more gambling halls, because you have a ban yourself. All the locations you talk about are also known to me † Even have to laugh at your story about the return journey from Knokke heist. Have also experienced those moments and even slept on a bench in Eindhoven and Breda. How far can you go haha.

an addiction never really goes away, which is why I think it is unwise to go to gambling opportunities. great that you stopped for so long! but you know the saying pride comes before a fall?

an addiction never really goes away, which is why I think it is unwise to go to gambling opportunities. great that you stopped for so long! but you know the saying pride comes before a fall?

Hi Wilco,

Thanks for your message. I get that you think it’s unwise to visit a gambling hall or casino when I haven’t gambled in over a year. However, I see those visits as a training to control myself not to go, and by watching other people play (and losing 9 times out of 10) you realize that gambling can hardly ever be profitable.

I hope never to have a relapse and am very confident in this. Thanks to this forum I can finally talk to people who have had the same experience. That alone is very supportive.

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