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How do I help my father with a gambling addiction?

How do I help my father with a gambling addiction?

Get him: To a meeting and to a psychiatric evaluation. Gamblers' anonymous is a good place to start. ...Read more

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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 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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What can be done for a gambling addiction?

What can be done for a gambling addiction?

GA: Join gamblers anonymous and get a sponsor. Be careful not to change one addiction to another. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a gambling addiction?

How can I tell if I have a gambling addiction?

Cant stop gambling: Gambling addiction like all other addictions has the "cant stop despite the behavior causing problems in the person's social, physical, emotional, financial, or relational life" issue. Gambling addicts tend to develop tolerence, so they will make bigger bets. Some of them have a history of a "big win" which only encourages more risk taking and heavier betting. Gambling trumps all other interests. ...Read more

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How to quit a gambling addiction?

How to quit a gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Treatment is available. Options include gamblers anonymous meetings and/or psychological or psychiatric treatments. ...Read more

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Strategies/tips to stop gambling addiction?

Don't gamble at all.: Don't go to places where people gamble. Think seriously about the damage that gambling has done in your life. Encourage gambler's anonymous. It is a beneficial, confidential and free 12 step program that can be the base for recovery. Take care. ...Read more

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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?

Yes: If by "real addiction" you mean "very hard to stop" and "can actually get physical symptoms when you try to stop", then indeed it is. The physical symptoms are milder but the craving is as real, and the risk of suicide is far greater. Don't look down on a compulsive gambler as weak; it's a strange combination of brain chemicals, and may respond to medication and/or wise talk. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

What is the treatment for gambling addiction?

I'm glad you asked: There are a variety of cognitive and medication-based treatments. Of all the addictions, this is the one most likely to lead to suicide. Think of those who you love, and who love you. You are CERTAIN to lose this if the behavior continues. Let this give you the strength to go along with treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my sports gambling addiction?

Addiction: Treatment is the same as with any addiction. This website is a good start: http://www.Ncpgambling.Org/i4a/pages/index.Cfm?Pageid=1. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the therapy for gambling addiction?

I want to know what's the therapy for gambling addiction?

CBT + 12-step perhap: I'd try an experienced cbt therapist who knows enough about gambling addiction and perhaps look for a good match with a 12-step group. Each is a bit different, so you might make a few trial visits to see if one fits for you. Good luck with this. Interesting, i just realized that like some gambling - it may be a mix of skill and luck - cool? ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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Gambling Addiction (Definition)

Gambling addiction is a serious problem that can strain personal relationships, interfere with responsibilities at home and work, and ...Read more


Dr. Mark Shukhman
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Gambling (Definition)

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