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Recuperation from an Addiction to Gambling

Recuperation from an Addiction to Gambling

My name is Catherine, and I am a recuperating impulsive devoted gambler. Jan 29th, 2007 will be my 10-year point in recuperation, yet will always remember where I have originated from with betting dependence.

I lost my loved ones, my jobs, my honour, everything except my marriage; It took up my finances, and I almost killed myself. Concurrently, I was as well hurting from unknown physiological & emotional health challenges and ailments I had no idea about till 2002.


I felt depressed, frustrated and angry.


My First Failed Suicide Attempt

One morning, I found myself in a hospital with both wrists of mine shrouded in bandages while before losing consciousness I overheard a discussion about my suicide attempt and how so many sharp objects were found in the sitting room of my residence. The only thing I can recall was everything turning blank. Now I understand that it was a complete mental and physical breakdown. A psychological/emotional pass out. After that, I went to see a dependence/emotional crisis centre.


Everyone checked on me to make sure I didn't attempt killing myself. A rehab specialist supervised my situation. Not to forget I was a gambler without self discipline as well. So, I began to work with a dependence counsellor also.

I have tried to quit betting on my own but felt I could handle it by myself and I wasn't successful with lots of recurrences and binges even while in ambulatory treatment. Clearly, my situation wasn't hopeless.

Even after a 20 day stay in a crisis base and suicide trial!


What Has Happened To Me?

It is called ADDICTION. Addictions are abnormal behaviours which are extremely tough to end. However, the condition isn't hopeless. My condition didn't end there.

Not as a result of actively gambling, due to the financial constraints from this malady, I had another self-destruction trial in 2006 as it appeared I had not performed enough work in all areas of recuperation, including my financial stock-list.


First lesson? A properly balanced recovery program. But in 2006 I also only wished to be normal, live life in recovery without having to use drugs for mental/emotional problems. In this way, I quit taking them supposing it was recently the betting that was bringing on my dysfunctional behaviour issues of PTSD, hyper discouragement, mellow madness uneasiness and bipolar a sleeping disorder cycles and OCD. So, in two weeks of no meds? I was back to grievous depression and self-destructive. The way I handled it by taking the pills at once dragged me back to the dark side of emptiness again.


Back in the hospital again, another 16-day crisis centre stay and days of self-murder observation.

On my discharge from the hospital, I learnt an important lesson which is always to take my medicines to preserve my sanity and psychological welfare often regarded as a two-way diagnosis.

Recuperation with even negative encounters, sprinkled with some "confidence" can indicate us numerous life lessons in recuperation. In the event that we are not learning them, we won't see our development. Even when you are not taking part in your choice of dependence, we can yet have issues come up and life troubles in recuperation, so being ready is crucial.

Where Can I Be Going With This Part Of My Story?

Different destinations.

First, the characters and traits that we study and lift up within any dependence and "the cycle" of any dependence requires to be disrupted and removed for us to have an opportunity at an actual honest recuperation. Balance is the key in your recuperation way also. Studying the techniques and instruments in detoxification and medical aid to terminate the process of dependence and clear a route for dissipating control, defence, self-justifications, and many more.

Second, know that recovery is not an instant process. It is as crucial to consent as Step-one, complete giving in.

And third, having a solid 'Relapse Prevention Program' is a mandatory for any individual who comes into recuperation and needs it long-term. We all understand that life situations take place. Not just the bad and bitter moments, there are also beautiful and sweet ones.

I feel it is the reason Gamblers Anonymous poses the question in our combo book of "The 20 Questions" to check whether you have an issue with betting. It is the reason they pose #19.) "Did you ever have a strong need to celebrate any good luck by a few hours of betting?" YES! For me, even when good things occurred, I would want to observe a notable occasion by going purportedly to catch some "fun" by betting. At that time, my addiction toward gambling was so serious, I tried everything to control myself with, other than Gamblers Anonymous.

I used the encounter I have with men and connections there for my assistance and hearing out other addicts with similar opinions and maintain my point of view about how treacherous and crafty this ailment is. Frankly, those sites made me aware of how valuable my experience is during the remedial period same way the experience of others was of immense benefits to me.

We require to commence a speech regarding this still hush, hush dependence. We should destroy the "myths" about it. It is one approach to smash the "shame" around it, and around the individuals who live double analysed too. Yes, psychological/emotional ailments in recuperation can be a tricky duty, but I hope by sharing some of my encounters, energy, and hope, and distributing some of my narratives can be an illustration that recuperating is within reach, and we can be jovial, healthy and fruitful lives in recuperating!