Archive for the 'Gambling Addiction' Category

Jun 19 2007

gambling

The Internet was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Or at least Internet gambling was. People talk about the joys of connectivity: the world at your fingertips, and all that. For me, the world at my fingertips meant a 24-7 fix for my gambling problem. Poker. Sportsbooks. Horse racing. I did it all. And I lost. Big.

That’s the thing about having a gambling problem: You never come out on top. No win is big enough to satisfy you. No loss is big enough to wake you up. There’s always the next hand, the next game; there’s always the promise of that big score just around the corner…when the fact of the matter is you’re already too far gone for saving.

Or almost too far gone, I should say. I got help for my gambling addiction. It worked. Didn’t get me my money back…but it freed me from the Need, made it so I could wake up in the morning without thinking about parlays and doubling-down. Gambling treatment gave me my life back. Seems like that’s about the biggest score anyone could ever hope for.

 

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