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    • Verbatim
    • By Verbatim 12th Aug 08, 10:19 AM
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    ex and would be ex-gamblers support thread
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    • 12th Aug 08, 10:19 AM
    ex and would be ex-gamblers support thread 12th Aug 08 at 10:19 AM
    There seem to be a good few posts recently from people who are in debt due to gambling and I wondered if anyone else thinks a support thread or a sub-board like the bankruptcy sub-board or giving up alcohol thread would be a good idea?
    CCs @0% £24k Dec 05 £19,621.41 Au £13400 S 12600 Oct £11,981 £9481 £7500 Nov £7250 D £7100 Jan 6950 F £5800 Mar£5400 May £4830 June £4660 July £4460 Aug £3200, S £900, £0 18/9/07 DFW Nerd 042
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    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 16th Mar 17, 12:13 PM
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    cantcope
    Hillwalker. Why dont you have blocks on your electronics? K9 is free, Gamblock has a small fee. much less that you probably just spent!
    k9 can be loaded onto pc's laptops and smart phones.
    Get someone to choose a password for you.
    once the temptation is gone its a lot lot easier.

    i'd also knock the emergency fund on the head. you'll be earning less interest (im guessing you dont have the fund now anyway) than you're paying on your debt.
    Last edited by cantcope; 16-03-2017 at 12:14 PM. Reason: more comments
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 16th Mar 17, 11:05 PM
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    Day 1 complete successfully

    Cantcope - Do those block things really work on smartphones? I will look into this. I've cut up the credit card and I will be doing the same to the credit cards once they are used for paying off debt.

    I have to keep the emergency fund as it was the amount my partner knew I had in savings. It's also there incase the car breaks or I need repairs. To be fair i'm more sensible with actual cash than I am with the money in the bank.

    Thanks for your speedy reply
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 17th Mar 17, 10:51 AM
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    Yes the blocks do work. Get one put on. i'd also suggest telling your partner. the more people that know the harder it is for you to gamble.

    Cutting up your cards is a waste of time as i'm pretty sure you probably have the details saved on your gambling accounts.

    honesty is the best thing for a recovery. lies will destroy you and the people around you.
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 20th Mar 17, 1:53 AM
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    Now onto day 5 and all ok so far. I got the Gamblock working and its installed on my phone. Thanks for the idea.

    I hope everyone else is doing ok too.
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 20th Mar 17, 12:17 PM
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    cantcope
    Who chose the password Hillwalker?
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
    • TightRob
    • By TightRob 22nd Mar 17, 10:34 PM
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    Hi all

    Today is a week off gambling. I'm under incredible amounts of stress and pressure so will be venting here, if that's ok?
    • TightRob
    • By TightRob 23rd Mar 17, 7:53 PM
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    Make that day 8.
    Although I really want to
    Gamble tonight.
    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 24th Mar 17, 8:59 AM
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    I hope you didnt gamble last night TightRob. It will only ADD to the stress and pressure
    Try and remember that any debt you might have wont get any worse by not gambling but if you continue it will.
    you can do this!
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
    • TightRob
    • By TightRob 24th Mar 17, 9:32 PM
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    Thank you I didn't so now it's Day 9.
    I know what my worse triggers are. Being sad plus having a drink.
    It was a bad day at work today so I have driven out to the pub to meet friends and am using the car as an excuse not to drink. The reality is I just don't feel stable enough to have a drink as I will get home and gamble.
    It's healthier not to as well so double the benefit!
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 25th Mar 17, 12:27 PM
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    Who chose the password Hillwalker?
    Originally posted by cantcope
    It's day 10

    When I installed the app, I followed the instructions and there was no option to use a password. I'm not sure what happens after a month when the trial ends, however i'm hoping the company will email me. As much as I like it, i'm not sure I want to pay another £100 for the rest of the year. Although it has helped as it blocks everything gambling related.

    HW17
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • 611
    • By 611 26th Mar 17, 1:05 PM
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    Great stuff Hillwalker17 and TightRob.

    Day 4 here.

    My longest period of abstinence in the past was almost 5 years so I know I can do it.
    • TightRob
    • By TightRob 26th Mar 17, 3:09 PM
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    Day one again.
    I can't talk act it right now.
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 26th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
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    Hi Rob,

    Good for posting. I've been there loads of times. The feelings after gambling and loosing are horrible.

    I found days 1-5 the hardest, but now i'm on 11 I see so many positivies. Less stress, more sleep, less worries about money.

    Start from a clean slate and try getting to 5 days. Maybe posting on this forum more might help?

    If you want a hand or help, you can message me. I'm not sure if ill be any help as i've relapsed a hundred times or more, but I suppose it can't hurt.

    Good Luck
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 27th Mar 17, 12:23 PM
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    what app have you loaded Hillwalker? k9 is free and requires a password.
    Gamblock is not free but requires a password too?
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
    • TightRob
    • By TightRob 27th Mar 17, 1:07 PM
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    Thank you Hillwalker

    Am just feeling **** and panicked at the moment
    Why do I put myself through it
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 27th Mar 17, 6:11 PM
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    what app have you loaded Hillwalker? k9 is free and requires a password.
    Gamblock is not free but requires a password too?
    Originally posted by cantcope
    Downloaded and paid for Gamblock. It replaced the internet app think on my samsung and it installed a new skiny internet explorer thing. No password came up for installation. I've tested the internet and app downloads and it works - it wont process downloading or going onto a gambling website. I don't know why it didn't ask for a password? Unless I missed it, but I certainly didn't set one.
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • prosaver
    • By prosaver 27th Mar 17, 6:14 PM
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    just thinking what gambling things are you addicted to on the internet?
    “Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
    ― George Bernard Shaw
    • Hillwalker17
    • By Hillwalker17 27th Mar 17, 6:30 PM
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    If your talking to me prosaver it was just ordinary sports betting. NBA, tennis, football. Really it was whatever was live at the time. I never really watch sport that much now so that's probably good.
    Ex Gambling Addict - Last bet made on 15/03/2017 - 29 Days
    Slowly building an emergency fund - £1000/£6000
    • HEROWHENZERO
    • By HEROWHENZERO 27th Mar 17, 7:58 PM
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    HEROWHENZERO
    If you haven't already looked into it, I strongly recommend going to GA. Working the GA program one day at a time keeps me off a bet.

    http://www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk/

    Just for today I will not gamble

    Hero
    Just for today I will not try to solve all my life problems at once. | DFD: April 2033 April 2031
    Original Debt: £96K Mar 2016 | Current Debt:£86901.73 Apr 2017
    • cantcope
    • By cantcope 28th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    Downloaded and paid for Gamblock. It replaced the internet app think on my samsung and it installed a new skiny internet explorer thing. No password came up for installation. I've tested the internet and app downloads and it works - it wont process downloading or going onto a gambling website. I don't know why it didn't ask for a password? Unless I missed it, but I certainly didn't set one.
    Originally posted by Hillwalker17
    oh how bizarre. There was always a password before so other users of the pc can override if needed. did you have to pay for the trial then? K9 is free and i use that now my dad loaded it and set the password for me before i took my new laptop.
    my eyes are like mirrors. They reflect whats going on around me rather than whats inside
    Original debt May 06 £16569,25th Feb 08 DEBT FREE

    Last bet : 26th October 2006
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