CHRIS L.

"My girlfriend's niece was getting baptized, and her family came in to town so she wanted me to meet them for the first time. We were sort of getting serious. And I did meet them for about 11 seconds. Literally the rest of the weekend I was gambling. The worst part is I really planned to be there with her family and everything, but I kept saying 'Just 10 more minutes' again and again and then it was way too late.

For years, craps was the only thing I was thinking or talking about.

I played craps 5, 6, 7 days a week. I didn't hide it and most of my friends at the time also shot craps. I loved the rush of the game, the sights and sounds, and I loved buying things for my friends when I was up. For years, craps was the only thing I was thinking or talking about.

I started having trouble sleeping because I'd win a little, then lose a little more, over and over until I was really in the hole. I thought about quitting but craps was so much a part of who I was, I didn't know who I would be if I stopped and it scared me.

After that weekend with my girlfriend's family, I thought about who I was turning into and it disgusted me. I had to do something, so I went to Gambler's Anonymous but I had low expectations because I thought we wouldn't have much in common. After a few meetings though, I realized we had everything in common.

It's been 6 years since I gambled. That girlfriend is now my wife, and most of my close friends are people from G.A. I finally have some sense of control over my life."

It's been 6 years since I gambled. That girlfriend is now my wife, and most of my close friends are people from G.A.
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