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Recovery Lessons I’ve Learned

November 1, 2017 mike 0

The author of this blog is a recovering compulsive gambler that has been off gambling for 25 years. Want your own recovery? Simple – read this, learn from it and do it. You can read his story in full, but here are some key things that he has learned from […]

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Recovery Strategy – How to Get Off Gambling & Stay Off

November 9, 2017 mike 2

  A Recovery Strategy that has Kept me Gambling Free for 25 Years. I haven’t made it this far by accident or by luck. I have a recovery strategy – a daily plan – which is listed below. But be warned – miss ones out and you DRAMATICALLY increase your chances […]

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My Story

November 4, 2017 mike 2

My gambling story started young. I used to play machines on seaside family holidays when I was young, like 8 or 9, but my parents would drag me away when I’d run out of money. Innocent normal stuff.   University Challenge 10 years later I’m at Uni in the mid […]

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Questions for a Gambler

August 1, 2017 mike 0

If you think you may be a compulsive gambler or have a serious problem, here are some questions to ask yourself (or get someone to ask you). There’s no point in lying – especially to yourself – especially now. So be as honest as you can!   Am I a […]

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Introduction – Readme

August 10, 2017 mike 0

This blog is for people that need help – gambling addicts and their friends, families and loved ones. The very fact that you’re here means that you have already pushed yourself (or others) to your limits and beyond. ‘Normal’ is a distant memory and no longer applies to your behaviour […]

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How to Spot a Gambling Addict

August 20, 2017 mike 0

It’s difficult to spot an addict in the wild as very few actually admit to being one, even with a gun to their head! But if you know what you are looking for, there ARE addiction signs. Prior to treatment, every addict is in the denial phase and when confronted […]

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Is Gambling different from other Addictions?

September 22, 2017 mike 0

Good question. With addictions people “using” alcohol, drugs, porn, shopping, food, smartphones, etc, all exhibit identical behaviours, but with a different “drug” of choice. Although the gambling addiction is hidden in plain sight, let’s just cover what it has in common with other major addictions. Consider these 3 different people […]

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Questions for Someone Affected by Gambling

August 25, 2017 mike 0

Love ones and families are often the first to be affected by gambling. If you are worried that someone close to you may have a gambling problem, here are some questions to ask yourself. Tune out what you are being told, and for 3 minutes think for yourself and come […]

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Why not just come clean?

August 30, 2017 mike 0

Seriously? The gambler will do anything and everything to keep his shameful secret from being discovered by the people around them.   The Gambler and the Awful Truth If the family or loved one was to hear the truth about the thousands of hours spent gambling when they been told […]

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Crossing the Invisible Line

September 10, 2017 mike 0

When does a ‘normal’ gambler cross over to become an ‘abnormal’ or problem gambler? Firstly let us define what is normal and what is abnormal.   What is a Normal Gambler? Anyone engaging in Normal gambling can: Just have one or two bets, and not gamble until their last pound […]

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Inevitable Outcomes

September 5, 2017 mike 0

Listening to gambling stories, you can quickly see the pattern of thought processes that go inside a gambler mind throughout their addiction cycle.   Gambling Stories – The Elevator of Despair “I can’t wait to go back to the … again to see if I can win again” “I didn’t win […]

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Can You become Brain Washed by Gambling?

September 15, 2017 mike 1

Absolutely, Gamblers become literally “brain washed” by their own chemical reactions. This is due to the Dopamine Addiction that the gambling stimulates and persists.   The Cocktail of Drugs inside a Gambler’s Brain Here is a visual representation of the different chemical interactions and the jobs they perform. It’s easy to […]

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In Love with Gambling

September 17, 2017 mike 0

The addicted compulsive gambler is quite literally emotionally & chemically in love with Gambling.   In Love with Gambling? The effect of this loving feeling starts when the first thoughts of gambling begin, even before the first bet is placed: The body becomes stressed by the risks involved, and releases Adrenaline […]

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Treatment of Gambling Addiction

September 28, 2017 mike 0

For more information on how to overcome your gambling compulsion, contact any one of the following UK organisations for treatment. If you haven’t already, ask yourself these questions.   Organisations for the Treatment of Gambling Addiction Gamblers Anonymous (GA) UK – the leading organisation for people with a compulsive gambling […]