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        hi guys, i just want to ask because i think it's starting to happen to me. when do you know that you're already addicted to gambling and how do you get out of it?
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        When you (talking generally here - not "you" specifically) start spending money that is intended to pay your household bills or you sell your jewellery or other valuables just to gamble might be a sign.

        If you think you have a problem then you could well do.  You can get some help HERE.  They will offer confidential advice.

        Hope it's of some help.

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        Hi there,

        I would also add to the above:

        When you are chasing your loses too much. That usually results in spending more than "you" can really afford.

        It should be more about entertaining yourself and not playing to get back what you lost. It creates a vicious circle i think.

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        luckiestgambler wrote:

        hi guys, i just want to ask because i think it's starting to happen to me. when do you know that you're already addicted to gambling and how do you get out of it?


        If you are asking that question then it most likely means that you should stop playing right now or at least make a break from gambling.

        Almost all casinos have selfexclusion and if you think you are losing to much you should probably exclude yourself for a while or indefinitely.

        Another option would be to exclude yourself from LCB forum if you find it too tempting to try new bonuses etc

        The question you need to ask yourself is if gambling is just a fun pastime to you , has it become a burden , are you losing too much, did you lose control over your bankroll management etc?
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        Everyone made great points here and the only thing I wanted to add was good luck to luck to you. Quit while you're ahead!
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        Quitting is hard when you're addicted...the first step to prevent into a financial problem is to pay all the bill and primary needs first.
        If you play, never expect to win...so play small...if you lose, you lose just a little. Use the deposit bonuses to play a little bit longer. The chance of winning is smaller than the chance of losing.
        Reality is casino's are also companies that make profits. Keep that in mind.
        There's no strategy for winning, it's all about luck! gambling is never 50/50 chance.
        If gambling destroying your finance it's a matter of time it will destroy your social life. Quit as soon as you can.
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        very good points by all.  Just the fact that you are asking the question (as mentioned by Johhny) is a CLEAR AND DEFINATE indicator that you  do have a problem.....cold turkey is the way to go if you can handle it,  close all your accounts, get rid of any possible way to make a deposit, and let the casinos KNOW you are closing because you have a gambling problem....i have personally been there and done that and it is very similar to kicking a bad coke habit.
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        great suggestions guys- i too have been there  gl
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        As there are so many casinos out there, it's really easy for you to rejoin the treadmill. And even if it doesnt solve the problem in its core, accessibility is one of the main factors of getting addicted. So software solutions like http://www.betfilter.com/ might also be a good advice, as they cannot be removed and block any gambling associated website, I think even LCB. And it doesnt cost much more than 1 or 2 gambling sessions.
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        It's a very fine line, at least you have recognized it as maybe being an issue. Great points were made and good luck.
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        thank you all for these comments, suggestions and advises. i've been extending my work time so that when i go back home i'll just sleep. though, come weekends, i get really bored and go back into playing. right now, i do pay all my bills on time and just play with the spare cash. but i just think that it's becoming a habit that i think i should may be take a break. i still enjoy playing but may be i should try other things for now.
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        leave your house often, visit your family and friends, go out! You'll realize there are other things you can do to relax. Online casino does relaxing but in the end, it's frustrating when you lose and definately you'll feeling down and regrets.

        I bet every gambler has been there (for some probably still there). It's not healthy to play online too much. Set your boundries to begin with.
        I know it's hard to quit. If your needs to gamble coming up, say to yourself what you might lose if you play...say it over and over and over again...if you can, say it outloud! It helps!
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        Gambling is just like other risky activities, in that when done in small amounts, for enjoyment, there's nothing too terrible about this. However, like other bad habits, it becomes harmful when a person becomes addicted and the economic impact of gambling craving exacts a heavy toll. Article resource: LINK REMOVED
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        I ventured into online gambling back in about 2005 on a semi-regular basis but all it took was one or two really big wins to create that "rush" which hooked me and kept me going back for more.  I gambled thousands upon thousands over the next 8 years and this past July...it all came crashing down.  I was one of those who was chasing losses...couldn't get gambling out of my head and it literally took control of my life.  I was forced to quit "cold-turkey" at that time, self-excluding myself from all casinos I had ever deposited with and closed the bank account I had been using for deposits.  It nearly destroyed my life, my finances, my marriage.  I have not gambled online since July and it is the BEST feeling ever!  I have control of my life again and the heavy burden on my shoulders has been lifted.  I still get the urge to gamble from time to time and the only way I will do that now is to visit a land based casino WITH my husband which is about an hour away from home...maybe once a month.  That satisfies any urge/craving I may get and I stick to an agreed upon budget so that win or lose...I don't feel guilty that I spent money not intended for "entertainment".  Others have given you very good advice.  I tried many times to walk away, uninstall casino software...gamblers anon...but I didn't have the strength to stay away until recently.  I HAD to go cold turkey, that is what worked for me...so, the fact that you are asking now, is a call for help and I hope that you won't let it go as far as I did....stop, uninstall software, self-exclude, stay away from your computer/device for awhile and take up another hobby.  I did...and I have never felt more "in control" of my life!  BEST wishes to you and anyone else who is struggling with this.  It IS a tough addiction to let go of.

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