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When Gambling Becomes a Curse

: A Story of Addiction and Recovery

By Oos TrendPublished 7 months ago • 3 min read
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The first time I gambled, I thought it was harmless fun. It was just a small bet with friends, nothing serious. But it wasn't long before that small bet turned into a full-blown addiction that had taken over my life.

It started innocently enough - a friendly game of poker with friends or a quick trip to the casino. But as the wins and losses piled up, the rush of adrenaline became addictive. It was like a drug that I couldn't get enough of.

Soon, I was gambling every chance I got. I would skip school to go to the casino and lie to my family about where I was and how much money I was spending. I even started stealing money to fuel my addiction.

The more I gambled, the more I lost. I would win big, only to lose it all and more the next day. The financial strain was unbearable, but it was the emotional toll that was the hardest to bear.

The shame and guilt of lying to my loved ones and stealing from them, the fear of being caught, and the constant anxiety of how I was going to pay off my debts were too much to handle. I wished I had never known about gambling at all. If only I had realized the dangers before it was too late.

It wasn't until I hit rock bottom that I sought help. I had lost everything my money, and the trust of my family and friends. I felt alone and hopeless. But with the help of counseling and support groups, I slowly started to rebuild my life. It was a difficult journey, but one that was worth it.

Looking back, I now realize the warning signs that I ignored. The constant need for more money to gamble, the lies and secrecy, and the inability to stop despite the consequences were all red flags. If only I had known then what I know now - that gambling is not a harmless pastime, but a serious addiction that can ruin lives.

For those who are struggling with a gambling addiction, it's important to seek help. Counseling, support groups, and self-help techniques such as setting limits and avoiding triggers can all be effective ways to overcome the addiction.

It's also important for loved ones to recognize the warning signs of gambling addiction. These may include sudden changes in behavior, secrecy about finances, and borrowing or stealing money.

If you suspect that someone you know has a gambling problem, it's important to approach them with compassion and understanding. Encourage them to seek help and support them through their recovery journey.

In addition to seeking help, it's important to take steps to prevent gambling addiction from developing in the first place. This may include setting limits on time and money spent on gambling, avoiding high-risk situations such as online gambling or casinos, and seeking healthy alternatives for stress relief.

The day I wished I had never known about gambling at all was a turning point in my life. It was the day I realized the damage it had caused and the importance of seeking help.

Today, I am proud to say that I am in recovery and have been for several years. But the scars of my addiction still remain, and I am reminded every day of the toll it took on my life and the lives of those around me.

The truth is that gambling addiction is a curse. It can rob you of everything you hold dear, leaving you alone, broke, and desperate. But it doesn't have to be this way. With the right help and support, recovery is possible.

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  • Living Ash7 months ago

    Gambling should be banned 😔

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