I am getting better slowly with poker machine compulsion, although the losses the past week have made me sick and have been affecting my job and I haven’t been able to work my usual hours.As it’s now starting to affect my work I have more incentive to stop or cut down so my job is not affected. Suicidal feelings and wanting to die come when I lose and it’s like I don’t care anymore if I live or die or if I even commit suicide because of the gambling machines.I am beginning to pray daily again and attend church and I know it can help,my soul is really charred and restless with no peace because of gambling.If anyone says to go to get help here, I have reasons why I won’t go to counselling,and that’s not gonna change.Anyhow any prayers for peace in my soul are appreciated, abrupt posts saying get help! won’t be,but that would probably be too much to ask around here.
So sorry for your struggles. I will pray for you and ask God to help you overcome the addiction.
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
I could go on about prayer, but the answer for any addiction is in the addict. The only answer is the hardest- cold turkey.
If you look at the mechanics of addiction you see a change in the brain faor a greater need for higher stimulation or greater increase in the dopamine levels. However, there is a strong psychological facet tot he addiction that is not necessarily chemically based. It can relate to stress or depression.
Use of opiates or anti-depressants have been used successfully as part of a program of treatment.These can be used without consultative therapy if you are adverse to this form of intervention.But any answer does require advice from a psychiatrist. You realise that self help starts only at the rock bottom and you don’t want to drag your life there.
Very hard road, but the very best on your travels.
(As a Catholic, complete submission of your problem to the Father is good advice, but sounds a bit sanctimonious from a bloke who walks the same road in other lanes.)
Praying for your intentions.
Saint Michael, the archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O’ Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God thrust into Hell Satan and all the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem,
sed libera nos a malo. Amen.
St. Jude Prayer for Gambling Addiction
God of life, You made me in Your perfect image, to live in Your love and to give You glory, honor and praise. Open my heart to Your healing power. Come, Lord Jesus, calm my soul just as you whispered “Peace” to the stormy sea. St. Jude, most holy Apostle, in my need I reach out to you. I beg you to intercede for me that I may find strength to overcome my illness. Bless all those who struggle with addiction. Touch them, heal them, reassure them of the Father’s constant love. Remain at my side, St. Jude, to chase away all evil temptations, fears, and doubts. May the quiet assurance of your loving presence illuminate the darkness in my heart and bring lasting peace. Amen.
**Prayer to St. Raphael the Archangel
For Those Contemplating Suicide
Holy Archangel Raphael, appointed by God to guide, protect and heal, I entrust to you all people who at this moment are contemplating suicide – especially Paul the Apostle.
You guided young Tobias on his journey and protected him from the spirit of death which sought to destroy his life. I ask you to protect all people from the road which leads to physical and spiritual death, especially those in most danger of despair and suicide.
Just as you led Tobias by the hand, lead them away from the sadness of addiction, to peace and joy. O Holy Raphael, whose name means, “God has healed,” bring them the Lord’s healing.
Lord God, hear the prayer I make together with your faithful servant Raphael.
praying for your strength and peace
There are Gamblers Anonymous meetings that aren’t so much formal counseling as buddying up with others who strive to stay away from gambling addiction. There is likely a local chapter near you if not more than one. They are known for being welcoming.
Lord, please grant Paul theApostle many graces for fortitude and quell any harmful temptations from reaching him with the protection of holy angels and a solid disposition to reject temptations from expanding into sin and financial ruin or sins against the self. Show him that he is a precious being made in the image of God. Lead this soul through life always with graces for faith, hope, love, and joy, all the way to the eternal garden of peace. Have mercy, Lord. Our Lady, angels, and saints, pray with us. Amen.
A few nights ago as I was sleeping or dreaming or half awake,something was said to me,it was stronger then just a thought,it was like a voice saying something to me by an angel or God who knows,but it said,it’s the devil who makes you win.Going along with all the prayers lm doing lately, this has given my lots of strength to not want to go play anymore,and so far the urges have calmed down alot.When i pray to St Raphael I feel peace and healing as well,and today for the first time in years,i prayed for the souls in purgatory again and almost cried from the relief.thanks again and for all the posts and prayers.
I am so glad for you, it is so hard a road. But the spiritual benefits of the fight are just as great.