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#1 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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Why isnt there many residential places for gamblers out there. I'm looking for a residential place because I know I need help but Te Nikau Training Centre in Paraparaumu is the only place I know and they are not taking people at the moment. If you know of other residential gambling places please post it on the board with contact details, I would very much appreciate it... Thanks
sandy
#2 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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Indeep I posted to Louise that there should be an In-House treatment programme for gamblers,just like there are for alcoholics and drug addicts but I hate to say I don't know of anything other than "Respite Care".This can only be assessed through the Mental Health Sector and you have the freedom to come and go,so it doesn't address the problem.
I don't know where you're at right now but judging by the name you've chosen things are not flash.Do you feel up to sharing?Maybe talking might help as we all understand on the site how bad things can get and how hard it is to stop.
the_great_one
#3 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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Dear Indeep

Try Odyssey House 09 374 4556 they have options re; residential care.

Have you tried face to face as a another avenue to explore, call 0800 654 655 they will be able to link you up re> all treatment options and give you some on going support, they also have a Debt line which could be an option for you.

Nothing to lose, by calling everything to gain.

regarless, keep sharing on the forum.

take care

The Great One
tokladystupid
#4 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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hi there. i have joined and admitted today that i have a gambling problem. im finding it hard as i think me and my partner have split up now. i dont want anything to do with money and he is going to have full control of it all. i dont think he realises its a sickness
steem
#5 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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hi im new to this place
have gambled truely want to stop so long as the places are available i will gamble, should go round and burn the damm places down whatever ill just ban myself then they wont let me in or play or win or something it will be better anyway lol im going to be too embaresed to show my face again anyhow so i just wont even try it
markymark
#6 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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Dear Steem,
Hi I'm new here too.
Have been gamble-free over 4 months now (after stopping and slipping many times before!) I can certainly relate to that wanting to 'burn the place down' feeling.
The thing is the casino wasn't my problem - it was at the local pub.
Think the statistics say alot more is lost at pubs etc. than casino's - in N.Z. anyway.
'Pub charity... helping your community...YEAH RIGHT!'
Anyway (reading your post and re:banning) I got the point where I felt banning myself was the only answer and went in and filled out the paperwork.
I was really embarrassed because I felt everybody would think I was weak but the manager (who I knew from school days!) was very supportive and understanding.
Before I went in and self-barred I was seeing a counsellor and my attitude was:
"I'll probably just go to another place and gamble there" but I haven't - although I've made sure I don't have much cash on me or stay to long on the few places I go to other places where there are pokies.
That was my mind talking me out of doing it (banning/ barring myself) and that happened alot while I was gambling ... you know like when you go home after midnight ,broke,thinking :I'll never gamble again!
You can still drink in the bar,play pool,chat to people etc. - but you can not enter the 'gaming area'
Although I thought going in & filling out the paperwork would be a huge deal it wasn't - only took about 10 minutes.
Have heard that places used to try and talk you out of it or make it more difficult but not now I don't think.
Anyway just wanted to share what it was like.
Wish you well and reach out when you need to there to groups and services that you think can help.
gusgus
#7 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi, new to this site. Have been gamble free for one month now. Wasn't bad the first two weeks but after that, wow I couldn't believe the shakes, pacing and sick to my stomach. It didn't take much to want to gamble. I can't beleive I let gambling take control. I thought I was strong enough to walk away. I was Wrong. Last week I borrowed some money from my son, had the car keys in my hand and was on the way out the door, that anticipation was incredible. As I opened the door I had to ask myself is it worth what I'm about to go through again? I came back in my house sat on my couch and had me a good cry. I'm seeing a counselor now and between that and you wonderful people out there sharing your struggles and prayers there is hope.
markymark
#8 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2009 11:15:00 a.m.(UTC)
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G'day Gusgus,
Welcome!
Those first few weeks are really tough but you had alot of strength to stop and ask yourself:
'Is it really worth it?' and and say 'NO'
Congratulations.
Counselling,G.A. and reading back through posts on this site have helped me slowly regain some normality.
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