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New Gamblers Anonymous Meeting on InTheRooms

I’m Dustin, and this is an extremely important endeavor for me because this is something that is very close to my heart. Gambling took a toll on my life and those around me for over 8 years. My family, my friends, my coworkers, my wife, my child all suffered from my addiction. For many years I didn’t even realize that I was hurting anyone let alone myself. I saw it as just a little fun and a little action or excitement. As the debt mounted and my gambling continued to spiral out of control I was finally confronted with the fact that I did have a serious problem. I finally succumbed to the gambling addiction and checked myself into rehab. After weeks of rehab, years of counseling, and GA meetings I have developed a deeper understanding of my addiction, a greater sense of my higher power and faith, and a desire to help others fighting similar battles. It is my hope that this meeting and continued involvement on www.itherooms.com will help us as a family fight this battle that we are facing and know that we are not alone.

gamblersanonymousGamblers Anonymous (GA) is a twelve-step program for people who have a gambling problem. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop gambling. This is a compulsion or addiction which may be associated with financial insecurity, dysfunctional families, legal problems, employment difficulties, psychological distress and higher rates of suicide and attempted suicide.

We are excited here at InTheRooms to be offering an online video meeting for GA on Wednesday nights from 10pm-11pm. This meeting will officially be a topic meeting where a topic or a set of topics is chosen either by the chairperson or by other viewers and these topics will be discussed. People that are willing to share about the topic will receive a 2 minute time frame to discuss. We will look to adhere to the time frame in order to make sure all topics are discussed and given adequate due diligence and all members are respected.

Gambling is a serious addiction that we take seriously. We are beginning these meetings weekly in hopes of encouraging, uplifting, and confronting our problems and issues as well as our successes and failures. We believe that together we are stronger. Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you with us on Wednesday nights at 10pm EST.

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  1. After four years of gambling I just came to terms with this. I get my check each month and after paying my bills and buying food I take whats left abd head to the casino. Im smarter than this, I gamble away every last penny. This is sad because I really cant afford this.I really need help. Im not happy, I think I use this as a form of escape.I want to escape my life. I dont like it here. Im not happy with my life as it is and since my wife passed away two years ago, Ive really gone off the deep end.
    After Im done I really hate myself, I call myself a loser, idiot, stupid sh**. I know Im not any of those things. I tell myself Im going to make money and then of course I lose. Leaving myself broke, some bills unpaid, wanting to sell everything I own, so I can maybe win some of my loses back. Im truly heartbroken on so many levels.
    I feel so alone in all this, If I had family around me I think it might be different. Or maybe it wouldnt. I want not to be alone, this seems to be my only form of escape. My family has no idea, they just think Im broke all the time. Im tired of barrowing money,I dont want my belongings anymore. Im not confortable where I live. Last month after losing my money, I was so depressed, I grabbed a rope and went off to do the deed.I see all these things as cries for help.I even went and told everyone goodbye on facebook.

    • HI Robert. I’m so sorry you’re having such a tough time. I really would urge you to check out his meeting and seek help in your local area. Gambling is a tricky addiction to deal with but there is help. All addiction is multi dimensional so seeking a therapist may help also. I wish you all the best in your recovery. Please don’t give up on yourself.

  2. hi,
    im Jason..my “clean date” for G.A is December 3rd 2016.
    is this meeting still taking place?

  3. I would like to find out about your Wednesday night meeting how do I join ?

    • Nancy Northcutt

      I would like information for times of on line meetings ,i live in Phoenix,Az.

    • This is not the “In The Rooms” meeting information: but I want you to be aware of another option:
      Gambler’s Anonymous has a Wednesday conference call meeting. This meeting is NOT designed to replace a physical meeting, but is meant to fill in the gaps between regular meetings.
      From the information flyer: “We hope you can attend to be able to reflect your experience
      to others in the program. While a phone meeting isn’t meant to replace a physical meeting, it’s a great addition to a recovery program.
      This is a weekly open topic meeting; only those who are compulsive gamblers, those who believe they have a gambling problem at their first meeting and those who have a desire to stop gambling
      will be allowed to speak.”
      Call: 712.770.4160
      Conference ID: 611704#
      The phone meeting is held from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Central time. Call up to 15 minutes prior to the meeting start time.

  4. Hil , i am 77 years old and so sisk of glambers, i get my money 1 of the month and by the 2 or 3 l got no more, i am so lost, i need help, thanks,,,

    • Hi Larry. Do you know if there are Gamblers Anonymous meetings in your area?

    • I’m in the same boat as you Larry.m I try to attend as many meetings a week that I can. At times, I’m so busy with grandkids that I am too exhausted to attend meetings. I am very interested in the Wednesday night online meeting.

  5. Nancy, I can no longer set foot on the premises of that Casino. I chose the five year option. They also had one year and three years. Whatever you prefer.

    • My advise on self banning from casinos is choose the lifetime ban. Otherwise, you’re shutting a door and leaving a window open. We are compulsive gamblers. I chose the lifetime ban 15 years ago at the Indiana casinos. Recently, I chose a lifetime ban at Jack’s casino in Cincinnati, Ohio. I know that I have no control over slot machines and a lifetime ban was the only way for me to go. If you ban yourself from cadinos, ask them if they have facial recognition cameras. Jack’s in Cincinnati has these cameras. A member of one of our groups was arrested and charged with 2 counts of criminal trespassing, 1) the day they caught and arrested him, and 2) for the time they recognized him on camera but he left before they could arrest him.

  6. Nancy, I can identify with a lot of what you say. I am 58 years old. I do not know if the four Casinos in your area have Exclusions forms. From what I understand all Casinos do. I have excluded myself from the Casino in my area in NY. When I was gambling I was going there so much and someone told me about the Exclusion form. I got the form on the Casinos website. I filled out the form, got the form notarized.and mailed it with a copy of my license.

  7. I am a compulsive gambler. I know that I use gambling as an escape from stress.

    For many years, I avoided compulsive gambling but when we moved to a state with four casinos within 30 miles from home, I slowly began going out to “have fun”.

    When our grown daughter and her family moved in with us, I saw firsthand that her family was dysfunctional in the stress that accompanied dealing with the problems made it easy to use gambling as an escape.

    I came from a violent, dysfunctional family and worked hard for the first 50 years of my life to work on my own dysfunctions.

    I realized that I was vulnerable to addiction and avoided the trap of drugs and alcohol. I was fortunate enough to come to grips with my temper and even managed to quit smoking.

    I don’t want to be a gambler. I am grateful for the online group as I work to address the addiction.

    I looked up the closest meeting but it is 35 miles away and goes right past a big casino. I can’t trust that I won’t go gambling after a meeting so I really appreciate this forum.

    Such an irony that at the age of 63, I succumbed to this addiction. I am ashamed of my compulsion and don’t want to continue.

    I am searching for a counselor and appreciate the opportunity for online help.

  8. Atticus,

    Thanks for your honesty. I certainly understand that addiction can be harmful not only to you but to those around you as well. I am 49 and have a gambling problem, literally, since I was 9 years old. I know that sounds crazy but it is true. I am at this moment, over the top with my addiction. I am reaching out to start into a program that will help me control this beast. I thought about going to GA several times, however, I was never really serious about it. I have gambled all my life and have not felt the way I feel tonight. I feel useless, worthless, and downright stupid. I know I have to get help with this addiction before it kills me.

  9. I have always gambled. When I was 9 years old I would collect the money for my mother at her card table. She would usually have at least 2 tables of tonk going and needed someone else to collect money at one of them. I had a brother and sister but my mother always chose me because she believed I was the most honest. There needed to be at least 5 people at the table to play. As I got older, if there was not enough people to play, I would then sit and be the 5th person. This was the start of my gambling issues. My whole family gambles. They play the lottery, they play tonk, poker, black jack, bingo, and go the casino. Over the years, I’ve done all those things too. Now, however, I exclusively like losing my money (or someone else’s) at the casino. I am 49 years old and I have been gambling since I was nine. I have said on more than one occasion that I’m out of control Tonight I was compelled to reach out because I’ve been gambling all evening on borrowed money. When I gamble, I lose all the money I have on me or have access too. I know it’s a problem but I can’t seem to quit. It’s all around me!!! I’ve actually gotten in a few arguments with family members because they’ve noticed I have a problem and are urging me to get some help. I get upset because they have a problem too, but I suppose mine is much worse than theirs. I am too embarrassed to go to a meeting and was hoping to at least start to resolve my gambling issues in an online forum. Please help!

  10. I quit gambling for almost 3 years. I was just 3 weeks away from 3 years when I went out again. There are a lot of “motivating” factors to why this occurred, but I don’t want to make excuses. The thing is, and I’m sure you know it -It’s worse the second time around. If you have been in any 12 step programs (double winner, here) you know that it is always said -Your addiction is always just dormant, getting stronger. That when you go back out, you pick up as if you never stopped. The progressive nature of out illness wins out. Sure, it is crazy. The whole definition of insanity that we’ve all heard dozens of times. Here’s the thing- Our sickness doesn’t care! We want what we want, and that is to do damage to ourselves, all the while that we “love’ gambling. Seeking out the high highs, and devastatingly low lows. We become numb to the thrill, yet still, we seek it. Hour after hour only wanting to “win back” what you may have already lost…and then ABRACADABRA! You do. And then -hey! Your luck has changed. You can’t leave now! Maybe you can get back what you lost LAST night! Soooo, you keep on playing. Because that’s what we do. We are compulsive gamblers. Without the ability to resist “what is good for us”. With this driving NEED, and yes, it is a need, to go to the casino and be with “our people”. You go in there, and with rare exception, no one is smiling. The sick thing is -you feel at home…This is where I belong. Why fight it? Yet, that is what all of this 12 step and GA stuff is about. WE GET EACH OTHER. No one else can understand. That is why it works. I don’t kid myself. I know I am deep in the throes of a lethal addiction. This is a vent and a cautionary tale. If you are managing to be abstinent and using a one day at a time approach. Kudos! Don’t give up, don’t give in…Because, -like most monsters, -our disease is lurking in the dark, just waiting for you to let it out of it’s cage. Here’s the thing -you are the one with the key and what mad person would uncage the beast? None other than me. I let it out and now it is roaming voraciously. If any of this sounds familiar to you, know -you are not alone! There are people RIGHT HERE who will help you. Love and peace, ~atticus

    • Thank you for that post. I am a compulsive gambler. I was clean for a few years but have been right back at it for a number of years again. I almost died once from this insidious disease. I don’t want to die as a compulsive gambler. There are no meetings in my area so I really need the online meeting.

    • I am a compulsive addictive gambler..that has gotten completely out of control. I too am a double dipper in the 12 step program and I am so frustrated that I can’t kick this insane addiction. Everything in your post is exactly how I/we feel. Don’t place the first bet…I have not made it longer than a month for past two years. Win to lose or keep losing to win.. then I can’t wait to get back. Madness… I’m trying to find online meeting as there are no meetings within 100 miles of where I live. I don’t know how to go about it.. this is my work email and private. So not sure what to do

      • Hi there. I’m hoping someone from the GA community reached out to you. If not there is an online meeting at 8pm EST at http://www.intherooms.com. It’s very easy to set up an account there and join in the meetings. It is free to join and participate in all meetings etc there.

    • Thank you for sharing your recovery! I am new to GA as of today, not new to AA but throwing away 17 years in recovery to find another addition has been devastating. Looking for support, thank you all for your honesty and comments.

    • I absolutely relate to what you are saying…the part about wanting to be with “my people especially.”

    • Thanks for your post, Atticus

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