Originally Posted by cnredd
I don't know of anyone who says they came down with a severe bout of gambling...
I'm not sure I would call them a disease, I do believe it is a phsycological "addiction".
My ex-husband was/is addicted to gambling, he sold things and hocked things and stole from his friends to gamble. He is also addicted to cocaine, and eventually became a crackhead, and has lost everything that meant anything to him in life.
A twelve step doesn't CURE anything, Pat. It teaches a person to resist the addiction (just like with tobacco), and change the habits related to the addiction.
And just as with any compulsive behavior, you do it just once after you've quit, and you may have thrown yourself right back into the cycle.