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Addiction Gambling Affect Body
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
Depends: Each case is different, but in my practice i saw a lot of cases when people simply do not have or do not know other ways to feel good. I also believe that physiology plays a big role: possibly, they need stronger stimulation to get the same effects from dopamine. I have several approaches to treatment; including "physiological extinction" or manipulating with Dopamine level. ...Read more
Wish I knew: If you are asking you how can make your father change, the answer is that you can't, but you really already know that. Unfortunately, gamblers anonymous does not have anything like alanon for family members, but i would suggest going to alanon meetings, since the issues are really the same. Get counseling for the rest of your family if your father won't go, helping teach you ways to deal with him. ...Read more
Difficult/Dangerous: Any behavior that causes moderate to extreme trouble is a problem. If you'd like to stop and can't w/o difficulty - that's a problem. We might think of it as an addiction. The chemical addictions have the nature of tolerance so you need more and more to feel the same. Gambling might not share that and might not have physical w/drawal. But our own biochemicals fill in for that perhaps. Find help. ...Read more
Gamblers Anonymous: Is a confidential, free and supportive program. You can google the actual steps on line. ...Read more
Addicted sister: I'm sorry to hear about your sister's difficulties. Has she acknowledged a problem in either of these areas? This affects what you can do. If she's open to it, you could attend some gamblers anonymous meetings with her. See http://tinyurl.Com/camw3oa for meetings -- info there can educate you too. Regarding the pills -- will she let you meet together with her ; her doctor? Might be a help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure if you mean: Is a gambling addiction easier to end? Can it hurt you in fewer, less damaging ways? Well, the natural brain chemicals associated with pleasure/excitement would make it a bit like a substance addiction, but possibly far less likely to have physical withdrawal symptoms. Clearly, if dangerous people are after you for lots of money - it can kill you. There are 12-step groups & therapy. Find help. ...Read more
Not really: If you "throw good money after bad, " spend more than you can afford, and compulsively continue after losing, it is a gambling problem. Doesn't matter if its poker, scratch tickets, horse races, internet games or roulette at monte carlo. Gambling problems are treated similarly, but you should see a mental health worker with experience treating addiction. South oaks hospital on li is one. ...Read more
Yes: Dr. Fowler's advice is very good. Of all the addictions, this is the one that's most likely to lead to suicide. Just experimenting with gambling usually does not lead to disaster -- but who wants to mess with it? You certain to lose your money in the long run. Why not spend it on something meaningful? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Troubles from it: Similarly to other addictions, you have it if you gamble instead of doing other important things, if you think about it though the time, she cannot stop doing it even though you realize it is detrimental. ...Read more
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