Ever wondered what it was that started you on your gambling addiction? How did this come about? What did you do differently? Did you intend for it to happen? Was it your escape from reality? Was it to get away from another problem? These are questions that you need to ask in order for you to address the root cause of the problem.Numerous reasons abound as to the why and how of gambling addiction. Some of the reasons are very visible and out in the open while some are well hidden from the public eye and sometimes to the victims themselves. The most apparent causes are sadness, frustration, and disappointments in life. In addition to this, a negative experience can also be set off an addiction to gambling.Being unhappy and unsatisfied of what life has thrown you can be a very clear indication that led you to excessive gambling. Because you feel that your life is full of problems or troubles, you turn to gambling where you can have all the fun you want and be happy because you seem to be in control of your life.The hidden cause that may have triggered the addiction is having a type “A” personality. This personality compels you to keep on gambling because you want to savour the winning aspect that comes with it. You start strategizing so that you can apply the tactics to your advantage, thinking that you found the ultimate formula to win. At this point you are absolutely sure that you are in command of your gambling activities and not the other way around.One other cause for being addicted to gambling is a negative point that was initially introduced to the subconscious mind at an early age. Like, as a child, your parents may have constantly prohibited you from playing cards or participating in betting games, as you grow older, this will be inculcated in your mind and most likely your curious mind will not be satisfied unless you try it out yourself, hence, the start of your gambling career.The popular forms of treatment are support groups like Gamblers Anonymous, going “cold turkey”, and hypnosis.