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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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Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?

Is computer game addiction similar to alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or a gambling addiction?

Yes.: Anything that a number of people do compulsively to the detriment of their health or function, qualifies as an addiction. ...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

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Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

Could gambling lead to gambling addiction?

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 more

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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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What are the tests for gambling addiction?

What are the tests for gambling addiction?

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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What are the symptoms of gambling addiction?

What are the symptoms of gambling addiction?

See DSM: Essentially, when instead of the pleasure it becomes problematic. The person is preoccupied with the habit; spends more and more time gambling; when is not gambling, is irritable, unhappy; using of gambling instead of other responsibilities; the gambler is chasing his losses; there is no control over the habit; the consequences – legal and financial from gambling, etc. I treat is with "extinction. ...Read more

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Gambling addiction -big problem, what to do?

Gambling addiction -big problem, what to do?

Seek help: Gambling addiction was recently recognized as a serious issues. If you're ready to get help you can start with Gamblers Anonymous. Visit their web page for more information on meetings near you at www. Gamblersanonymous. Org

There are also treatment programs that can work with you as well. There is hope and admitting you have a problem is a big step to getting better. ...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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What are the common symptoms of gambling addiction?

Troubles: Gambling addicts are unable to control their gambling in spite of negative consequences in their work and family lives. Mutual support helps: gamblers anonymous for the gambler, gam-anon for their families and friends. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction: Gambling addiction occurs when someone spends excessive time gambling, thinking about gambling or making preparations to gamble such that it negatively impacts their life or impairs functioning. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can gambling addiction affect health status?

I was just wondering how can gambling addiction affect health status?

Gambling addiction: If you gamble to the exclusion of exercise, it will endanger your health. So will gambling in smoke-filled casinos, especially if you smoke also. If you gamble away your money, you won't be able to pay for healthy food or a place to live. If you owe money to the wrong kinds of people, they may acutely endanger your health. Gambler's anonymous can help: http://www. Gamblersanonymous. Org/ga/. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to help a family member from his gambling addiction?

Express your concern: ; encourage him or her to try out ga (gambler's anonymous). It is free, confidential and beneficial. ...Read more

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Am I wrong to enable my boyfriends gambling addiction so I can have alone time?

Gambling: It will be harder to slow his gambling when you do want to spend time with him. Enabling an addict seldom has any positives ...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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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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Stress, caused by gambling addiction and family commitments?

Not sure: What the specific question is, but these are serious issues that could b helped by therapy and medication. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can one prevent gambling addiction?

Stay away from: Casinos and places where gambling may occur. Avoid alcohol when you might be tempted to gamble. Attend gamblers anonymous to get support and learn other ways to prevent gambling addiction. ...Read more

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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

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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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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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Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? What's more common?

Gambling addiction vs smoking addiction? What's more common?

Smoking, probably: There are over 50 million smokers in the us, and it is a major cause of death and disability, in addition to enormous financial costs. Nobody knows how many problem gamblers there are, and there are few medical costs associated (although there is a higher rate of smoking, alcohol and drug abuse in problem gamblers). Both cause misery and pain to sufferers, their families and society at large. ...Read more

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How can a gambling addiction affect your physical health status?

Many ways: Gambling addiction like all addictions relies on Dopamine and positive reinforcement. The behaviors leading to gambling included compulsive behavior and disregard for personal well being it is within realm that your health suffers. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get help with gambling addiction without going to a psychiatrist?

Yes: There are support groups such as gamblers anonymous which can be helpful. A person with a gambling addiction would also want to consider therapy. One key idea is to make sure that the person is in a supportive environment with people who will both encourage and hold him/her accountable. ...Read more

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