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October 11, 2018

It’s May 1995 and I’m due to get married in July. I’ve just lost the deposit for my first home in a mad week of chasing loses on the dogs and I’ve had to come clean to my parents and my fiancé about my gambling. I speak to a member of Gamblers Anonymous on the phone for half an hour but don’t go to a meeting. I convince my fiancé and my parents that I’ve got things sorted and for the next five or six years I have, very little gambling and two sons later and life is good. Then along comes online poker and the easy availability of credit cards and over the next few years I max out card after card, constantly catching the post and shuffling minimum payments to keep the credit card company’s off my back.

Again I get caught by my wife, but again I don’t attend a meeting but do install blocking software on my devices and hand over all finances to my wife’s control. We have another few good years but eventually I start to sneak into the bookies again (just the odd coupon and a lucky fifteen on a big meeting). During this time my Mum passed away and left me a six figure sum which cleared my debt. She also left a lump sum to each of my sons and I was left as the trustee for this money.

Over the next two/three years I spent most of it gambling. I was given a share bonus at work which I hid from my wife and lost it over a three year period mostly on roulette machines. Carnage followed, scraping by hiding debts, fiddling expenses and other scams. I’m drinking heavily just to sleep at nights I’m a mess and I know it!

It’s the 2nd of September, I’m supervising a job and my phone rings, It’s my wife, she’s gone to pay for our holiday to Tenerife but there’s no money left in the joint account. I drive home and come clean. There’s lots of anger and tears and I’m given the ultimatum. This time’s different I go to my local meeting on Saturday morning. I’m met outside by a member and immediately put at ease. I listen to a guy tell his story and identify with so many aspects of it. For the next six months I barely miss a meeting, three meetings a week and get lots of support and advice.

Jump forward to the present day and I’m gamble free. It hasn’t been easy but I still trying to get to as many meeting as I can. I am trying to give something back by being part of the GA Live Chat.

I’m Derek, I’m a compulsive gambler, No gambling to report God bless G.A., Its members and our Fellowship.

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