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Why do people develop addictions to gambling?

Why do people develop addictions to gambling?

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

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

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


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How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

How can I overcome an addiction to gambling?

Let's talk: The type, severity, & pervasiveness of the ld will determine its treatment. Obviously, the ld needs to be described & appropriate interventions made. Yes, it's possible to overcome a long standing ld if the patient has the desire and fortitude to try. Many appropriate accommodations occur in le patients, some of which they are entirely unaware of. Seek help from developmental doc & therapists. ...Read more

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Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Does a physical addiction like gambling affect the body the way meth addiction does?

Similar: Most addictions seem to affect similar brain pathways connected to the neurotransmitter Dopamine linked to pleasure. Some agents, like methamphetamine , have especially powerful effects. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the 12 steps for gambling addictions?

Gamblers Anonymous: Is a confidential, free and supportive program. You can google the actual steps on line. ...Read more

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I have an addiction issue. Is there a distinction between specific types of gambling addictions?

I have an addiction issue. Is there a distinction between specific types of gambling addictions?

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

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How to defeat gambling addiction?

How to defeat gambling addiction?

No fast fix: My colleague's advice to attend a 12 step group is very good. Your physician can offer medication that in low doses may abolish the craving. I would also urge you to think of the people who love you, and who you love. Compulsive gambling is one of the most common factors leading to suicide. Think of how much you have to live for. Let love give you strength to do what you must in overcoming this. ...Read more

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How can I address a gambling addiction?

How can I address a gambling addiction?

Therapy: Pathological gambling is a type of impulse-control disorder. Because of the the devastation it can cause to one's finances and family, it is important to get treatment asap. Gamblers anonymous and/or therapy can help. http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/. ...Read more

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How common is online gambling addiction?

Unknown : Potentially could be very prevelent and may be more problematic as technologies improve. Researchers think its growing among young populations. ...Read more

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How can gambling addiction affect health?

How can gambling addiction affect health?

All addictions: Negatively effect our health. We spend way to much time doing them and not enough time taking care of ourselves. So exercise goes out the window; eating well goes out the window; as does socializing. All these things are part of being a healthy human being! ...Read more

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How can gambling addiction change people?

How can  gambling addiction change people?

Destroy their lives?: Like any other serious addiction gambling has destroyed people, making them lose their jobs, break their families and make them destitute. Recent research suggests that the brain in these people is wired differently?! intelligent people would recognize their weakness and avoid getting involved. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Shukhman
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Gambling (Definition)

Gambling refers to betting. Some people are considered to ...Read more