Very very surprised it has not been mentioned here. I had a problem with this. GA did not do anything for me. I did not believe in their mantra of "stopping completely" or else you will keep going back. Gambling addiction is different from other addictions because it draws you back to it (ie when you win big on the rare occasion) you are convinced everything is good again and continue to do it. While it may not affect your body like a cigarette or cocaine, it can leave you destitute and cause you to do things you would never do such as steal, borrow money and in severe cases get beat up and mangled or end up in jail. People don't give gambling addiction the recognition it deserves I suppose because it affects a smaller percentage of hte population than drug addiction. And who here has not placed a bet on a game or played a cash poker game. Very few go on to become addicted to it. For me it gave me that high in an otherwise mundane 9-5 job and boring life. And of course the money. But initially it was about the money and then it just became "wanting to have action" otherwise I would feel restless.