I am a 22 year old boy. When I turned 18 I went after the casino for the first time. It was cozy. entertainment and had even made a profit.

hey kenny,

First of all thanks for the responses. It feels nice that there are fellow gamblers / helpers haha.

That letter seems like a very good plan. Write every time you think about gambling. That will certainly help you.

But like I said, an addiction sucks. So it can go wrong. So…

If I go wrong, I will 100% contact the doctor!

deal!

Then your questions:

– you do not have to pay a deductible to your doctor. After referral I don’t know. But it can cost you at most 385 euros. Just calculate what it will earn you per year if you don’t gamble anymore.

– I recognize the effect that the value of money disappears for you. Only I have it online but also in the casino;

– once I’ve decided not to gamble anymore, it doesn’t really take much effort for me. I gifted myself an access ban at Holland Casino and I don’t click on any online sites;

– occasionally gamble for fun… do you like it then? Either you win, and then you keep playing and you lose your money, or you lose, and then you keep playing to ‘win back’ your money and then you lose even more money. I can imagine nicer things.

For example, taking your girlfriend out to dinner after a month and giving her a nice necklace because she supports you so well 😉

Hi Kenny.

Luckily I don’t have any experience with gambling addiction, but I just read in the Metro today

that Jessica Broekhuis wrote a book about it, among other things (addictions also drugs and alcohol)

has written; it’s called STOP, available at Bruna, I don’t think in the library for the time being.)

maybe it will help you, and if not, here are some tips for you. good luck!

As you can read in the title this is my last hope, I’ve been a gambling addict all my life wow always playing games for something not for fun it had to be about something.

Hey, nice story. You acknowledge your addiction and you indicate that you know all you need to know about it. That is good. What is your plan for the next few days?

On vacation now don’t really know anything to do to the casino I want.

Hi Gambling Addict,

I have read your story. And I noticed that when you win so much cash, you have no emotion. I have also been addicted to online poker, roulette and betting on matches.

I have never won more than 5000€. I have now stopped everything for over 11 weeks. But still, like me, try to waste your time on other things. I myself go to work and sports a lot. If not, go for a walk in nature or go for a bike ride. Push your limits and make sure you don’t think about gambling. It will be tough but if you continue like this you will end up with 0.00€. Stop while you still can! You know all too well what is happening and you are aware of everything. I have no counseling and quit on my own. So far I try not to think about it every day with the support of my girlfriend and parents. I told my parents and it was not easy. But they’re glad I was honest and if you’ve told them, it’s a huge weight off your shoulders. Try it if you want to message me back go ahead buddy! Good luck friend!

Gr pkr_sshulsen

… to the casino I want…

I hope you managed not to give in to it. What you describe is what we call ‘sigh’ or ‘craving’ or ‘craving’ on the alcohol forum.

It comes on and is all-consuming. But it generally goes away within half an hour. So it is important to get through that half hour. Looking for a distraction is a great solution. Taking a shower with your shoes on is also sometimes mentioned 😉

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.

Partner, home, work.

Good night,

Yes indeed terrible. Very recognizable.

Hi AL,

That’s tough. Glad you found your way to this forum. How are you now? And have you already been to your doctor? For me, the GP was an important step in solving my addiction problems.

In any case, welcome here and do what you have set yourself: keep writing (even if things go wrong or if things go wrong).

Let me introduce myself briefly: I am 32 years old. I don’t have an alcohol or drug problem myself, but I do notice that I suffer from a gambling addiction.

Hi Shor, glad you found your way to the forum. And I see you are already actively reading and commenting.

Hi Meya, I honestly don’t really have a plan no. My plan now is: use money that comes in well and no longer open an investment account. But I did intend this before and I made a mistake again. Even when I look at the rates now: eventually the rates started to rise… so I’m really disappointed that I stopped and the money is gone. But yeah.. maybe I could use some advice here.

Get started then. Make a plan, share here and ask for feedback.

Here are perhaps some ideas that you could use in such a plan.

1. Keep your bets small, so small that you can still bear the biggest loss with a wry or not sour smile.

2. Agree on a maximum amount per month that you want to spend on it and stick to it.

3. Immerse yourself in risk management techniques that fit the instruments you use.

4. Work on your supposed earning methods with a no-brainer that you can’t help but evaluate honestly every few weeks or months to see if you’re doing as you hoped.

I started investing and speculating on the stock market in 2005. Tried all kinds of techniques and read a lot about them.

My conclusion is now that I should keep speculating small and see it as a hobby. Cause I can’t let it go.

The rest of my money is in crowdfunding or I have it invested, very nicely spread.

By the way, my compliments that you have consciously taken measures out of self-protection to protect the rest of your money. Hold that. Some try to compensate for previous losses with borrowed money, and then you are really risky.

Welcome, Runaway. That is an impressive story you have written here, but also a very good analysis, at least that’s how it seems to me. I think you should be very happy with the way your parents are handling it, and I really like the way you’re doing it right now. Build that further, this is your chance.

Glad you found your way to the online forum. Being honest about your addiction and accepting it are the first important steps in the process. Self-help groups such as AGOG are highly recommended. This gives a lot of insights, especially when you are still young.

yes, it is not a topic that is running a storm, but there are a number of people who regularly watch and post.  I am one of them, I am no longer working with my addiction but with my recovery.  Your post is a bit on the short side

Okay, yes it did seem very quiet indeed.

Well, you know that going from booze to gambling isn’t really convenient. Personally, I am a pure gambler, but this does not apply to most addicts. Beer makes you lame, not clear and you also have to puke. Sounds *but it’s very easy. Nothing more for you.

No, it didn’t make me sick, I always took coke to keep fit.

No more gambling in the last few weeks

I do not understand it any more.  Why I need to gamble.  I have a good job.  Can make ends meet, at least if I'm not guessing.

I can’t see what brought you to gambling and relapse, I can tell you what it was like for me…

Hi Wilco1973, thank you for your contribution and tips. Gambling started for me with a guilder when I was a child. I loved the lights and sounds of the machine. And then I also won money. I have always pursued that tension. But now it has become for me an escape from everyday life, from my feelings. The more I lose the worse and more depressed I feel. And in that feeling I seem to feel at home at that moment. A kind of rush. Only after the rush does the regret come.

TripleR just said:

Hi Wilco1973, thank you for your contribution and tips. Gambling started for me with a guilder when I was a child. I loved the lights and sounds of the machine. And then I also won money. I have always pursued that tension. But now it has become for me an escape from everyday life, from my feelings. The more I lose the worse and more depressed I feel. And in that feeling I seem to feel at home at that moment. A kind of rush. Only after the rush does the regret come.

Do you or anyone else recognize this?

yes I certainly recognize that… Don’t make your heart a murder pit and just indicate that you have a problem and want help. That is very difficult, I also thought it was terrible to do, but once done it takes a load off your shoulders, and I only got positive reactions. Only this cannot be broken (in my experience)

Yes, I’m afraid you’re right. I’ve told her in the past. Then I got one last chance. It’s over now. If I come up with this again, after all the lying, then my relationship is over. I have to do it alone. BUT then it doesn’t work. That’s why I started on this forum. Hopefully this is a source of strength and support.

BUT you’re right, honesty is needed. I’m just too cowardly.

Enable Notifications    OK No thanks