Friday November 28th 2014

Can you be addicted to slot machines?

Can men at a GA meeting welcome a slot machine addict?

A group of men were standing by a side door behind the church.  They didn’t look like gamblers, but then I didn’t know what gamblers should look like.  I wondered if any of them had committed the crimes I had committed.  I opened the side door and peeked into the room.  Several men sat in folding chairs around the table. I didn’t see any women.

A tall man with lots of black hair came over to me, blocking the doorway with his huge frame and said, “Hi, my name is Pete S. . .  are you looking for Gam Anon?”

“I don’t know what that is,” I answered.

“Its for women who are married to compulsive gamblers.  You’ll learn how to live with the gambler and how you can change your life. They meet in the room across the hall. Is your husband a gambler?”

“No, I am.”

He looked me up and down and asked, “YOU are?”

“Yes . . .  the man on the phone said there was a GA meeting here tonight.  I carefully stepped around Pete and slid into an empty chair.  Maybe this was a Men Only meeting and I wondered if they’d let me stay.”

The man sitting next to me reached out his hand and said, “Hi, my name is Don W.  Would you like a cup of coffee?  Are you a compulsive gambler?”

“Yes, I am.”

“What kind of gambling?”

“Slot machines.”

He chuckled, “How could you get into trouble playing slot machines?”

“I got in a lot of trouble.  I lost a lot of money . . .  and I’ve committed a crime.  I didn’t tell him everything because they might not let me stay.”…(to be continued)

Help for slot machine addiction

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8 Responses to “Can you be addicted to slot machines?
Linda
2:35 pm January 21st, 2011

I have terrible addiction to the slot machines. I can go to the casinos and play anything else, and not be compulsive as I am at the slots. I have gone to GA for a bit. There is is mostly sports betting or cards. I can play cards and not have and compulsion as I do with the slots. They believe that you can not gamble on anything. Even if it’s fun – no money involved. I went through a rough divorce 4 years ago. After reading some articles on line. I think it may stem from that. I now have a great guy, who does not deserve to be burden with my addiction. Is there anyone out there who has the same slot addiction. I think it would help to talk to someone with the same feeling. Thanks for listening.

Marilyn Lancelot
1:07 am January 22nd, 2011

Yes, Linda, there are many gamblers out there that are addicted to the slot machines. The games are so rapidly played that the gambler doesn’t even have time to think about the money lost. The machines tell the player that if they didn’t win, they were really close and we are hypnotized into believing our turn will come. I was hooked on the slot machines and joined a twelve-step group which saved my life.

SUE
7:20 pm September 24th, 2012

Hi, I love playing slots, and are resenting the fact that i have to give it up because i finally found something that i can call my own. However, my husband feels I am addicted, and as you can tell by this that I do not think I am addicted (i suppose this is a typical reaction). If i attend the slots once or twice a week, does that make me addicted. I am there from anywhere from 1 to 4 hours when i go.. If i am addicted, are there meetings in Canada, namely around Ingersoll or London Ontario Canada. Thanks for any info you can provide.

8:41 am October 22nd, 2012

Hi Sue. Check out these 20 questions you can ask yourself to assess a potential gambling problem: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions

To locate a Gambler’s Anonymous meeting near you, you can inquire at the London Intergroup
442 William Street
London, Ontario N6B 3E2
Canada

Gng
3:25 pm December 15th, 2013

I am addicted to slot machine and losing me a lot money. It’s time for to stop. Please help to improve my lifestyle without going to casino.

Debbie
3:16 pm April 8th, 2014

Hi Marilyn, I wish I had stopped gambling many years ago, when I went to my first GA meeting. If I could only go back and tell myself how much heartache, worry and money I would spare myself. It is so hard to admit to yourself that you have a gambling problem. I have not been to a GA meeting in years, but I know I need to go. I’m not a big fan of attending regular meetings, but I know I would benefit from having a sponsor. I need someone to talk to. After reading others posts, I think that’s what many women need. I was hoping this site would let women talk and share with each other thru blogging? I really need help on how to get out of my financial mess!

Karen
9:49 am October 11th, 2014

I hear certain tones on radio commercials, and I associate to a specific slot game. I see images in the opening scene of a syndicated tv show, and it reminds me of one of favorite games. I drive certain routes from work, and it is at one particular turn-off that I choose: do I go on to the casino or do I exit to go home to see my son. I try to rationalize, I’ll only spend …. I’ll try a few pulls and will be home in time to fix dinner. Next thing you know, it’s past my son’s bed time and I’ve spent every dime I can get my hands on. Then, one night, not too long ago, I discovered I had my daughter’s debit card in my wallet. I took it to the Cage. They allowed me to get a cash advance. And, then another. My daughter hasn’t spoke to me since she realized what I did. I’m waiting for the police to knock on my door. I am a compulsive gambler. I am sick and I’ve GOT to be healed!

Jorge
6:45 pm November 25th, 2014

I used to be addicted to slot machines, mostly poker ones. About 5 years ago, suddenly, I found myself indebted (not that much but what is that much? Enough to destroy my life as I knew it). I promised I’d stop. So I did. Slots are actually pretty stupid and I’m sorry I spent money on them, they didn’t even add that much to my life experience…

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About Marilyn Lancelot

Marilyn Lancelot is a recovering alcoholic and compulsive gambler with twenty years of recovery. She has authored three books, Gripped by Gambling , Detour, and Switching Addictions. She also publishes a newsletter on-line, Women Helping Women for recovery from gambling. This newsletter has been published for more than 10 years and is read by women and men around the world.