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Thankyou for sharing a little of yourself.
I am a believer in mistakes being more of a lesson and learning from them than seeking answers from someone that has not walked in our footsteps.
How do you really explain to a phychologist that has never experienced the heartache of self inflicted wounds like gambling and expect them to fully understand. I respect their profession however we do not learn everything from text books and university.
The full complexity comes from the addict and although I agree with seeking mental therapy when needed, the true healing and understanding is via sharing and support.
We don't need pills or sympathy. We just need to learn and grow strength and courage to fight and say no to the demons that always know when we are vulnerable.
Am I making sense? To me this is therapy. Sharing and nothing but truth.
Suggestions to offer one and other.

Falling off the wagon! Hah! I wish I had a dollar for every time I have done that. Not just with gambling but with smoking and other promises I have made to myself.

I live in a very small country Town and GA isn't avaiable here and I am having thoughts of creating my own support group here.
Everytime I attended my clubs ploughing money into the machines there are always the same familiar faces. I remember the old days when you won 10 bucks you would be so excited the whole club would turn and smile.These days it is nothing for just one push of the button to cost that much and to win doesn't hold the same value anymore.
Entering a club for me was like escaping the planet. The mind playing tricks telling me that whilst inside, nothing can harm me and the world outside just isn't there. My best friends were the poker machines. They entertained me and was my focus. My heart was there also, nagging me about consequences but I would ignore this and numb the advice with a few stiff scotches.
What a life!!!!
I know it isn't a long way to fall into the gutter however the pain has no description.
Myself, I have been very lucky. I have had many people that love me and have picked me up so many times.

Hey!!! Rams, we will keep on sharing and encourage others to enter the doorway to support.
For now I have said enough. I would love to hear more about yourself and Mrs. Rams.
One step at a time, One day at a time.

Kerri (today I did not gamble)
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