A gambling addiction is common in people that are stuck in a vital crisis.
It is as if they would have lost all interest and motivation for the rest of their existence, as if nothing makes any sense to them anymore, except for betting and losing (winning is very rare).
Gambling is a way of fooling yourself by distracting existence so it passes you by unnoticed. This can happen when the person doesn’t have any interest in living, when they don’t know how to deal with their existence or when their existence itself produces them angst or sadness.
That’s why you have the recuperate the capability of the individual to enjoy, in order to be able to connect them to a wider spectrum of possibilities. This obviously provides way more enjoyment than the repetitive and limited neuronal reflex that this addiction represents.
Jungian Analyst (IAAP)