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How I Survived a Gambling Addiction

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Postby Akinogar В» 25.06.2019


Michael Pruser. One of the advantages of writing for a site that has a large audience is that sometimes, you can express yourself when no one really knows who you are. When most people think of gambling they think of a different class of person. Without further adieu, here we go. The year was and I was 16 years old. Unfortunately for me, I was right and I felt an adrenaline rush a 16 year old has no business feeling. It was the beginning of the end. I graduated high school and attended the University of Miami on a partial scholarship.

I would deposit a few hundred dollars here and a few hundred dollars there and I was actually pretty good at it. Sports is what I knew best, and while I was earning a degree in gambling from the University Officially called probability and statistics , I was also enhancing my handicapping professional gambling term skills. The sharper my gambling skill set, the bigger the problem became. I started skipping random classes because there was a day baseball game on TV.

Meanwhile my A grades turned into A-. Any handicapper will tell you that to do it right, you have to go through mountains of information and follow every game because even the slightest detail can give you the edge you need to make the right decision. More and more of my time was going into gambling and less and less of my time into everything else. I was sacrificing my life, to gamble. But just as fast as the checks came in, they went right back out. Gambling teaches you not to chase your losses and walk away.

Hot streaks are awesome but cold streaks can ruin you forever. Both teams final score combined. The score was just after the first quarter and I felt awesome.

So just as fast as I won all of this money, I ended up losing it. Geelong Cats were always the safe bet there, in-case you were wondering. I finished school with a massive college loan debt, no immediate job and the fear that if I returned home, I would be exposed for the habitual gambler I had become.

I decided to stay in Miami and with two days left in my on-campus apartment lease, I found a new apartment. Two weeks after that, I became a store manager for the local Boston Market fast food chain. I started at the fruit stand, worked my way through selling golf balls and asking people if they wanted pickles at McDonalds for six years, then worked two jobs in college. Add that to the gambling I was continuing to do with every spare minute of my free-time and I was in pretty terrible shape.

I can remember thinking to myself that I could quit at anytime. I thought of gambling as a hobby that I had full control over and when the time was right, I would just turn it off. With each failed attempt, I began to doubt myself and with each collector that called me, I feared I would be stuck in this hole for the rest of my life. Hell, I could tell you the 53 roster players for every professional football team, including their college background and their stats.

I picked up a new job with a little more money, and was strong enough to pay the necessities. Just not strong enough to kick the habit I suppose. Nothing I seemed to do worked. I tried closing all of my gambling accounts but I would just reopen new ones in a few days. Financially, I was better off than before, but still in the negative each month. In September of , I made the craziest decision of my life and decided to quit my job with no new job in sight and zero dollars of expected future income.

Through absolutely no effort on my part , I found a girl that tolerated my company and a job that saved my life. How in the world did I do this? For me, the strategy that worked was to refocus my addiction on things other than gambling. I had hit rock bottom a couple of times in regard to losing a lot of money but I was one of the lucky ones.

I started out ahead and only lost house money in the long-run. I wonder what would have become of me had I started out a gambling loser? If you find yourself in a similar gambling situation, the best course of action may not be the one that worked for me.

Comments are anonymous, feel free to ask for help if you need it. Wow… that is an amazing story! Thanks for sharing!

That is definitely an accomplishment. Last trip to the casino? About 3 weeks ago. Ive hit rock bottom and barely have a dollar to my name. I start a full-time job in September and have set up a strong financial plan utilizing a debt snowball. Your story is an inspiration that there is a way out — and you have my word, I will dig myself out of it. The frame of mind that your life is too valuable to waste it now is great but those very same thoughts ran through my head too many times to count.

I still made excuses to gamble and I still thought I could win enough money to cover my college debt and previous gambling losses. I would encourage you to keep track of every-time the idea of placing a bet runs through your head because even though you sound like you can beat this, your written thoughts might tell you otherwise. I have kicked a gambling addiction myself which led to my bankruptcy in I have written about that on my blog but it was already a decade in the past when I wrote about it.

Fascinating story, Michael. Sounds like a wild ride, man. Glad to see you finished school despite all the ups and downs. Good story, I enjoy throwing a few bucks on a game here or there. Fortunately I never got sucked in though, it really is powerful. The Money escalates quickly and you need to wager more to get the feeling. Thanks for sharing and hope you can stay strong.

Always can remember the teams or the random player that blew the bet too, good stuff. Fascinating and detailed story. Or are you along the lines of an alcoholic where one drink might as well be 12? Glad you kicked the habit! Is that possible for you to do with your buddies and colleagues? Or is it an all or nothing proposition?

My issues became the rush of getting home, going to Western Union and making a handful of deposits in the span of 72 hours. What a great story. I always think about addictions being to drugs or alcohol but there are so many others that can be just as devastating. A great uncle of mine earned and lost several fortunes in his lifetime.

A sweet man, very kind hearted. He died in a hotel room near Pittsburgh. I recently entered a GA program in Vegas. My gambling career began when I moved to Vegas and in 5 years time, I have lost around 50K total and finally said enough. Its a struggle everyday as it is an addition just like crack or alcohol.

When gambling it was an escape from reality and it became all comsuming just like you stated. Leaving it is hard, staying away is harder, especially in Vegas. I was fortunate to see the light early. I hear other GA member stories and they are horrifying and I consider myself lucky to have caught it before I sunk to some of those depths. I somehow menage to finish 2 colleges and it is only bright thing in my past 6 years. I am a 51 yr old female. I started gambling when my husband was busing working long hours and I was bored.

It was online gambling, about 15 years ago. I lost everything. My beautiful home, my husband, my job, my assets. Here it is now and I am unemployed, living with my daughter and no assets or hope for any future. I should be looking forward to retiring and traveling. People kill themselves over less then this. I wanted to blame my husband. All he would say is you better stop gambling. I never thought he would leave me. What kind of person does that?

But no, I have only myself to blame.

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Postby Dogul В» 25.06.2019

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Postby Nelrajas В» 25.06.2019

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Postby Tygozragore В» 25.06.2019

The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Hey Frank, no problem — sorry if it came across like I was annoyed or something. I have expressed my situation to my family and friends but no one really knows how serious it is. Fascinating story, Michael.

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Postby Nikolmaran В» 25.06.2019

It took me over a year to handicap;ed what I know now about math applied to sports but it takes a lot of time, hanricapped crossword takes to stop doing many other things that are card and and involving less risk. We are about the same age and I can center in so many ways. When most people think gambling gambling they think of information different class of person. If you really have that stats you could bet a parlay against your own bets game would end up been rich. My evil been live online blackjack.

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Postby Samujin В» 25.06.2019

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