Being a single mom, I used to gamble a lot. My motivation was to just win big so that I could take care of my boys. It wasn't considered an addiction until some years later. When I first took a quiz in an article about it I realized that I had a problem. It was hard to mentally abstain from buying $5.00 worth of lottery tickets every day but I came around. It helped me a lot to when I verbalized to others that I had a problem. I thank God that I didn't lose anything because of it.