Hey /biz/ I have a gambling addicting and it is killing my family, any advice? I need help before me and my family are on the streets, I understand that if I keep going along this road, I will be there. I spend virtually every penny I earn on gambling right now.
its only an addiction if you're losing. Read more books on how to count cards, become better at calculating odds and minimize your risk.
read books on how people overcame their addiction to gambling.
I get this op i've suffered a pretty bad addiction myself, the only thing i can suggest is find some hobbies to cure the inevitable boredom you will have from stopping and trust me it is an intense boredom, i threw myself into playing video games and stuff like that, every little helps, 1 day away is 1 day gained.
Gamblers get addicted to the feeling of having money at risk, not to winning. That's what OP needs to break.
I recommend doing something that generates some of the same adrenaline but doesn't cost money, like extreme sports or anonymous bareback sex or Russian roulette.
Draw up a nice cardboard sign now while you still have your kids markers. Gather up a few blankets, maybe a tent and a decent supply of socks. Prepare as best you can for a solitary life on the streets begging.
that doesn't work. for me gambling was more like self harming. when I won, even if it was a really huge win, all I would ever feel at best was relief. the feeling when you lose a lot really quickly is indescribable. I don't really remember much of my wins, but I vividly remember some of my worst beats.
though slightly unrelated it is still very much pertinent:
>The Law of Addiction: Administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment
of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance.
so what you need to do is quit doing it and vow never to do it again. since your brain is not like many others, there's no other way around this. you have a predisposition to such addiction and you should probably seek professional help since it is common for people with addictions to quit one thing only to become addicted to something else entirely.
Get a box of toothpicks and soak them in alcohol.
When you think about gambling, stab yourself in the leg with a toothpick. Neosporin and bandaid it.
Keep this up and eventually you will associate gambling with pain and stop.
Play Magic the Gathering, it's just like gambling but slightly less of a money sink.
Join an gym and work out. That seemed to help me. I was pissing away all of my extra money at the casino. Gym is productive, time consuming and makes you feel good. It's a much better addiction.
I like the magic idea. Watch people play online, and go play as much as you can, sell the rares you win and keep playing. You can easily go infinite locally and as you get better maybe even become pro
Become a bug chaser OP. Lots of high risk gambling there AND zero cost.
Seek someone to talk/help you, or even better tell your family and ask for their help.
Also, find something else productive to do.
Open up to the people around you.
This vid has some valid points about addiction, good luck op.
I work in the gambling industry.. and we are not conning people.. 8 out of 10 times people lose because of greed and stupidity..
With blackjack hitting while you have 18 or 19 with cards on that table.. those kind of things.
And in terms of greed. Seen it all too often. they gamble for 500 bucks.. win 50 to 100K.. And instead of cashing out they keep playing in the hope it gets more and more.. Eventually they lose it all again and end up witth 0 (or -500)
also if you are playing online. Ask the site you use to block you and close your account because you are addicted. they have the obligation to do so, otherwise they are liable..
If you go to a real life casino or bookies ask them to deny you entrance every time you go there as you are addicted and have problems with responsible gambling.
This guy gets it, I won $1500 on $100 once and went back the next day and lost it all, it's always the greed and stupidity that gets you at the casino, you gotta keep the pullout game strong
>tfw that episode on Poker After Dark when Phil Ivey says the best times in poker are when you lose so much money you can't breathe
Everyone on Wall Street knows this feel