The explanation that seems most acceptable is that compulsive gambling is an illness, progressive in its nature, which can never be cured, but can be arrested.
Also, a compulsive gambler seems to have a strong inner urge to be a 'big shot' and needs to have a feeling of being all powerful. The compulsive gambler is willing to do anything (often of an antisocial nature) to maintain the image he or she wants others to see.
Then too, there is a theory that compulsive gamblers subconsciously want to lose to punish themselves. There is much evidence to support this theory.
Only you can make that decision. Most people turn to some organization when they become willing to admit that gambling has them licked. Also in those organisations, a compulsive gambler is described as a person whose gambling has caused growing and continuing problems in any department of his or her life. Many compulsive gambler went through terrifying experiences before they were ready to accept help. Others were faced with a slow, subtle deterioration which finally brought them to the point of admitting defeat.
The compulsive gambler needs to be willing to accept the fact that he or she is in the grip of a progressive illness and has a desire to get well. Our experience has shown that the Gamblers Anonymous program will always work for any person who has a desire to stop gambling. However, it will never work for the person who will not face squarely the facts about this illness.
If you want your account to be closed just contact our support. You can also fill out our self-exclusion form. However, re-activation requests will be entertained only after the expiry date of this exclusion, unless you have requested to be excluded permanently. This decision will be reviewed by Management before a decision is made.