Gambling Problems – Why Me?

If you have a gambling problem, that is, if you are addicted to gambling, you may often ask yourself, “Why me?”While some people seem to be able to gamble without getting addicted, a certain segment of the population does develop an addiction. The percentages seem to be about the same as are seen in other addictive behaviors.Problem gambling is a progressive illness that does not cure itself. The reasons for this type of out of control and destructive behavior are rooted in the subconscious mind. The subconscious is also known as the seat of the emotions, so in a way, your problem is based on an emotional need of some kind.While it may help to find the source of the urge, it isn’t always necessary. Once some people learn that there is an emotional reason for gambling and the rewards, they often can change. If you feel that you must know why, then my best advice is to seek a good hypnotherapist who can help you to dig down deep into your subconscious to find the source.Other ways to get to the root of the problem are meetings with 12 step programs such as Gamblers Anonymous. Sitting and listening to others with the same addiction and hearing their stories may help you to realize what gambling has been supplying in your life. Since very few people win, especially people who can’t control it, the financial reward is probably not the reason.In a way, all problem behaviors are a drug problem because our own neurotransmitters are powerful drugs in our own bodies that supply the pleasure sensation when stimulated by certain behaviors and outcomes. therefore, it is more likely that the parts of your brain that release endorphins, powerful pleasure neurotransmitters, are stimulated when you win. Unfortunately, some people react more strongly to the short term reward of winning, even though they ultimately lose everything. An example is a person who will sit at a slot machine and enjoy each small win even though his or her overall stake is going down.The important question is, “Why are you reacting so powerfully to short term gains and bigger long term losses when it makes no sense from a rational point of view?” There is usually an emotional pain deep within that is lessened by the endorphins.Obviously, something is out of whack if you consciously and rationally know you are losing everything, but you are still willing to keep taking chances for small short term gains. You may never know the exact reason, but at least you know that somewhere inside you there is a need for pleasure of this kind.The most important thing for you and your loved ones, is not necessarily to know the exact source of emotional pain, but to stop the problem behavior that ultimately causes more pain, not just to you, but to others. You’re not crazy, or bad, but you do have an illness that has just one cure, abstinence. The way to stop the pain is by going within your own subconscious mind and using the same power that drives you to gamble to drive yourself to stop. In other words, you can turn the tables on the gambling problem by using the power of your own subconscious mind.