I wrote a whole book about this particular excessity years ago: Turning the Tables On Gambling. I continue to be surprised at how few resources are available for those struggling with compulsive gambling.
For those hooked, gambling is not a harmless hobby.
It is not a night at the casino twice a year with friends or the monthly poker get-together with the crowd from work and a three-raise, quarter limit. It’s not a yearly trip to Vegas with your high school buddies, mostly for the shows.
For those hooked, gambling is a serious activity; it is the exhilaration of the win and the agony of the loss. It is the promise of an end to all your problems or at least a temporary reprieve. It is the only activity where your desire and need to win somehow seem strong enough to bend the laws of chance and physics.
When gambling reaches this level, it isn’t about fun; it’s about faith: the faith that with this race, this game, this throw, this hand — this time — the world will right itself, and you’ll win once again.
SOURCE: Chapter 2, “Examine Your Excess,” in Gotta Have It! by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.