Hello - And advice please....

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Good Morning I am Alfie, 


At what point are you an addict ? I have been diagnosed with PTSD and often find myself using online gambling to relax. Problem is I'm no good at it lol...… sorry if I offend with the humour I am ex military and often use humour to make light of situations. 

I personally wouldn't class myself as an addict but I have started to find myself lying to the person I love to cover up the challenges they have made often with concern and trying to help...I am currently using Gamban and I am currently going through treatment for combat related PTSD. 

I suppose I am reaching out with concern as I don't see it as a problem and under control but I am starting to think I'm loosing it am I an Addict?  Maybe ?   


Do I tackle the PTSD and Gambling addiction together ????


Thanks in advance 


Posted : 11th April 2024 8:07 am
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Hello Alfie,

Welcome to our GamCare Forum and thank you for sharing with us here.

It seems that you have been reflecting a lot on your gambling and there are questions which you have been asking yourself. Well Done firstly for being here and taking this proactive step in reaching out, sharing and connecting with others on our GamCare Forum. This is a positive step forward and we are here to help and support you through this.

It also sounds like you are accessing support for your PTSD and we would encourage you to continue this and speak with your GP for further guidance and advice on this specifically.

Please know that for anything gambling related you can always contact us through to our helpline to speak to one of our advisers for debrief or if you want to access more of a 1 to 1 support through GamCare. The space hopefully will also provide you a space to talk to someone about your journey and go through your thoughts and reflections. Our helpline is open 24/7 and you can contact us via call on 0808 8020 133 or go through our website and chat to someone.

Best wishes,


Posted : 11th April 2024 3:51 pm
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Sounds like your on a tough road at the moment, but if your lying about gambling then that's normally the start of an addiction, if there was no problem you wouldn't lie about it.

Sometimes we look and think well I'm okay cause I can afford to lose X amount but there comes a time where you'll lose more than you'd like to and start chasing, that's where the problems really start to mount up.


All the best 

Posted : 11th April 2024 5:57 pm
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Hi Alfie.

You are the person who decides if you are an addict or not.

The recovery program helps people understand that recovery is about healing our pains.

My unhealed pains had consequences that led me to want to escape.

By attending healthy meeting which are therapy based you will in time that you become more comfortable in opening up about your self.

The therapies lead to reduced fears and gorwing trust.

Then once you fears reduced and you are abale to articulate the depth of your feelings and emotions counselling helps in peeling back the onion and exposing the hurt inner child.

For me 11 counsellors helped me get to the root of my trauma.

In time counsellors helped me open up about abandonment issues that led to me healing over a 11 day period and exposed some serious pains.

The meeting help me understand that I was not longer alone.

My lies were indicating how much fear I was living in.

My fears originated from the pains of my past.

Invest as much time and effort in to your recovery as you can

It leads to a healthy productive life.

Dave L

Posted : 13th April 2024 4:13 pm

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