Losing Time From School or Work

Aug 18, 2012 by

Gambler’s Anonymous has Twenty Questions to help you decide whether or not you have a gambling problem. At the height of my gambling addiction I answered yes to all twenty.

I am sharing my answers from Then and Now with the hope that you might find some insight into your own feelings. Maybe even use my example of Then for confirmation of where you don’t want to be! Or, while I may not be perfect Now, you can see that my life sure is a lot better (you know, moments of sanity, peace, relaxation, etc. :-) ).

Think about your own answers as you read mine.

1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?

Then:

Yes.

I took school kinda seriously and work very seriously. It was important for me to make a good impression, do the right thing and get the pat on the back I craved. I had to be on my death bed to call in sick or miss a class. I was responsible and I took pride in my commitment.

It sure was nice to escape any worries I had in the casino though. As I began playing more I started blowing things off. It was more important for me to ride the hot streak than it was to go to work. Truth be told, usually I wanted to win my money back and then I could go on with my day.

I would get out of bed and go straight to the casino. Maybe I would be luckier and be able to get my money back. As I played I would lose track of time (along with more money). Eventually I realized I needed to go or I was going to be late. But I wasn’t ready to go. I had plenty of sick time, what was one day (and then another, and another)?

I started calling in sick to work so I could stay in the casino longer. The first time was hard. Then it got easier. Gambling was more important.

Now:

No.

There are typically only a few occasions that I gamble anymore. If my husband and I go to Las Vegas or pass through Reno I will usually gamble. I do have the opportunity to drive to the nearby casinos, but I choose not to. So, losing time from school or work is no longer an option. I no longer have to feel guilty about pretending to be sick.

I suppose I should truthfully amend that. Since I have made it through the trauma and trouble of my gambling addiction I have gained a deeper appreciation for life. I now choose to call in sick to take care of my mental health. Yep. I play hooky to have fun! Shhhh. Don’t tell my boss!

There you have it!

Did you come up with thoughts about your own journey? I’d love to hear your comments. Feel free to leave them at the bottom of this post.

Blessings my friends. Take Care.

Kim

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