I need help!!! I'm 22 years old married and have three children and I'm addicted to Texas Hold'Em. I started playing last year n now have found myself having to go to the eagles/bar to play once sometimes twice a week. It's like anything I do anymore isn't fun to me and I can't enjoy life. I then feel regret after going to play because even though I don't work I feel like my children need me more. My husband normally lets me go because it's the only place I seem to have a social life not knowing anyone here and he don't want to put up with me dealing with not going. I can tell myself I won't go n then around that time I get an urge to go if that makes since. My dad passed away when I was younger and playing with cards let me talk to men he would of been the same age as and I tend to fit in. I don't know what to do it doesn't help that my mom lives with me n goes so even if I don't go I deal with knowing that she went. I know I may sound crazy, self-centered, I just don't know where to turn.
I'm really sorry to hear about what you are going through, something like this is really difficult to fight, but it can be done. I don't think you sound crazy, or self-centered, but I do know you are someone going through a rough time. I wanted to share with you this article on gambling addiction. I think it has a lot of useful information that could help you to deal with this problem. Here is the link: http://www.myaddiction.com/categories/gambling_treatment.html
If you need someone to talk to I am here for you as well.
Thanks you so much I will definitely be calling the number that's listed on the site as well. It's hard to find help around here as I'm in a small city n not the big ones. I don't consider it to be so much the money as the game or sometimes the social activity. I feel like instead of doing things with my husband n family like most wifes/mothers should I'm off playing poker not saying we don't do anything but I know in my heart I should be doing more n not suggesting on my anniversary like last time we go play poker. I don't know I'm just lost right now myself.
I feel your pain and glad that you are sharing your addictive gambling challenges. Yes… call the 1-800-Gambler number, they may offer you phone counseling support. I too was in a very small town, no gamblers anonymous meeting location near by. However, when I called the 1-800-gamblers, I was offered immediate help and signed up for the phone support (about 8 sessions). Stay strong - one day at a time, try to slow down on the gambling and eventually arrest the urge and need to gamble. THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS and problem gambling is just that - a big problem. Stay strong and keep posting.
Donna the Compulsive Gambler, been clean for 8 months as of today. The 19th of each month is my GA birthday. wow… it feel very good. I actually have money and gas in my truck… I also have a new job and doing very well. Making amends to people when I can and if it okay with them. Putting the past behind me and trying to move on.