The Hope Factor

Do You Have a Problem?


Do you feel that you have a problem with gambling? If you do, you certainly are not alone. Millions of people in the United States and around the world suffer from such a problem, some to the extent where they will give up everything and even steal in order to keep gambling. Although gambling is a compulsion for many individuals, it is often something that is generally misunderstood. Information that is provided in this book will not only assist you in understanding your desire to gamble, it will provide you with solutions that can help you to overcome it.

The first thing that we will review is information about why gambling is an addiction. At one time, it was thought to be a matter of low morals or perhaps a lack of self-discipline, but in more recent years it has been determined that it is actually an addiction. It can even affect you in the same way as chemical addictions, such as those to heroin and cocaine. Of course, the exact way that they work on the brain is different, but in many cases, they are similar as well.

People often need to learn about the addiction and why they may be addicted to gambling, in order to understand how to overcome it. We will go further into an explanation of the addiction to gambling, looking at the possibility of it being a genetic disorder. For years, it was thought that there may be a genetic connection that could make you prone to compulsive behavior, such as gambling. In more recent years, however, information has come to light that may prove that the theory is true.

Have you ever heard of triggers that can make it difficult for you to overcome an addiction? These are not only something that is experienced by individuals who smoke cigarettes or do hard drugs; there are also many triggers which can make it more likely for you to gamble. This is especially true if you are already suffering from a gambling addiction. In order for you to overcome the problem, you need to be able to identify those triggers effectively. This book will help you to identify and cope with the gambling triggers that may be causing you problems.

Even though I don’t understand my Higher Power, I know He is there for me. I guess He watches over me more than I realize. There were so many times when I could have really hurt myself or lost more than I did. I could have lost my job and that would have been devastating. The job I have now is the longest I have ever stayed at one job. I used to have a new job every year or two. Go to for Stargames. I have been at this job for 7 years now. My recovery from mental illness and my addiction are the reasons I have kept my job this long. If you would have told me that one day I would keep a job for as long as 7 years, I would have said you were nuts. I went for 30 years going from job to job. It is a testament to my group in GA, my sponsor and my determination and my recovery that I’ve managed so far. My GA group gave me hope. I know that without hope I wouldn’t have made it. I would have not only relapsed but stayed out and continued to gamble and who knows where that would have lead me.

I kept going to GA and that was a big reason why. I am now able to say – “I get it!” I hope you will be able to say that someday too. And remember – “Never give up!” You need to keep hope in sight. The Serenity Prayer really says it all. “God Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change. Courage to change the things I can and Wisdom to know the difference. “And may I add “Hope to dream”. I’ve been told by GA’ers that courage doesn’t mean without fear, it means doing it anyway and succeeding. I hope now that I know the difference between a mirage and a real dream. Dreams are something we need to aspire to. And dreaming of that big win isn’t going to do it for you because it is so illusory. Here is a poem I put together while riding in to work.