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Gambling Addiction Recovery: My Journey of Triumph

June 29, 2023 Kevin Anyango

Having faced gambling addiction, the silent adversary that stealthily infiltrates lives and wreaks havoc on a person’s financial, mental, and emotional wellbeing, I am proud to be standing on the side of gambling addiction recovery because so many others don’t make it out. As I share my story of recovery and hope, I recognize how fortunate I am to be here and hope to help others stand on this side of gambling addiction recovery.

To Achieve Gambling Addiction Recovery, I Had to Get Over the Thrill

My addiction held a tight grip on my life, and what started as innocent exploration and the allure of easy money became a monster I could no longer control. So, to hide my neverending struggle, I got caught in a tangled web of deception that quickly became my new reality. Hiding behind self-loathing, desperation, and so many other negative thoughts that left tracks on my mind, control over my life was quickly slipping, and this destructive path I had chosen left me with nowhere else to turn.

With so much shame and guilt, I decided to try and reclaim my life on my own, but I quickly realized that recovery from gambling addiction was a journey that needed much more support. So, I reached out to my estranged family and friends and asked for help. Their support gave me a lifeline that pushed me to seek professional help, cut ties with my old life, and join support groups where I found solace in the lived experiences that others shared.

All Sides of Gambling Addiction Recovery

More than just recognizing the problem of gambling addiction and facing it head-on, gambling addiction recovery is a multi-faceted journey that took me through many stages, from personal reflection, introspection, rebuilding trust, and confronting the consequences. This painstaking process helped reconstruct my life’s foundation and relationships with those around me. 

My gambling addiction recovery journey also helped me realize the importance of finding healthy outlets for my emotions and self-care. Today, I have redefined my identity beyond the confines of gambling addiction and regained confidence with a renewed sense of purpose.

Maintaining Gambling Addiction Recovery

Recovery is not a destination but an ongoing commitment to face any new challenges one day at a time. Temptations will always lurk, and triggers could reappear, but my commitment to sobriety helps me stay on the straight and narrow. Recognizing my progress and celebrating my achievements have become essential to my gambling addiction recovery. As I reflect on my triumph over my addiction, I am filled with gratitude for the support that surrounded me and the strength I found within myself to break free.

APA Reference
Anyango, K. (2023, June 29). Gambling Addiction Recovery: My Journey of Triumph, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, May 22 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2023/6/gambling-addiction-recovery-my-journey-of-triumph



Author: Kevin Anyango

Kevin Anyango likes to say, "I am still me, no matter my mental health." Find Kevin on Twitter

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