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so i've stopped gambling, now what?
March 17, 2014
11:37 am
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Adi
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what do you do with the time you used to spend on gambling? what changes have you noticed in yourself?

July 11, 2014
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richardsyd28
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This is exactly how I thought.
What do I do as my mind was so consumed with gambling.

There really are plenty of things that you can do with your spare time.

- Adult entertainment (Much better then gambling)
- Educate yourself (Join a community college to start a course etc)
- Work out at your local gym - Good way to destress
- Read books
- Join your local volunteer fire service if there is one in your area. I'm in communications so I just manage the radios so there is no real physical work (There is generally a job for everyone)
- Join a swim squd

December 19, 2017
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Suggestions:

It is ok to suggest activities for another person to do, but what if they have tried the list of activities and the stress is there all the time and won't go away. And medication is not an option. I do all of the above things and I am still thinking of relaxing behind a poker machine.

January 18, 2018
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Hi Lily,
Good to hear from you. It sounds like you might benefit from seeing a counsellor who can give you some support - often if you are finding it hard to relax, there might be underlying issues with anxiety or stress. If you call the Helpline, you are able to get a referral to a trained counsellor who may be able to offer you some support. Would this be something that you're interested in? Many people who are having issues with the poker machines find that getting some support and finding other ways to manage stress, can be incredibly helpful. You can contact the Helpline on 1800 858 858.
Looking forward to hearing what you think.
all the best,
GH Admin

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