If you have decided that you should stop gambling, or are at least thinking that way, then it sounds like you have acknowledged you have a problem. While gambling can be a harmless entertainment, left to run uncontrolled it can cause spiralling financial problems and feelings of real self-loathing. I have been there.As with many addictive problems, the long term way to stop gambling is to look at, challenge and question your behaviour. What most people discover about addictive behaviour in many forms is that it covers some deeper truth, or hurt, or problem that you cannot confront. Gambling, in this case, might be an escape from a multitude of sins. If you want to stop gambling you have to be prepared to confront some deeper questions about yourself.One specific thing you have to understand if you are to stop gambling is to no longer believe in luck and understand probability. If you have ever thought that when you toss a coin and it goes heads, heads, heads and heads that it must be a tail next time then you have a problem. Inanimate objects have no memory. The chances of a head or a tail remain the same every time a coin is tossed. If you can divorce luck from the issue then you have broken one of the traits of problem gamblers, that you must be “lucky” sooner or later. Dice, roulette wheels, horses and greyhounds have no knowledge of these streaks.The good news is you can do this on your own, if you are feeling lonely, isolated, or there are no nearby support groups. With some belief and persistence it is possible to stop gambling, with studies showing self help guides can be effective.If you have the desire to change you can begin to stop gambling.