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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
Cold turkey: You need to stop visiting porn sites immediately and completely. You have already made a good start by recognizing that your behavior is a problem. Try to find something else you enjoy that keeps you active, e.g., going hiking, playing an instrument, gardening, being at the beach, playing chess etc. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Controversial: There are some people who believe that 12-step programs can resemble a "cult" process. However, most professionals in this field definitely do not believe this, and having met tens of thousands of people in aa and na, I do not believe that this is true either. People who benefit from meetings go to more meetings, and get more out of it. Addiction implies it does harm- in most folks it does good. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
It could: People who develop "behavioral" addictions such as internet are usually more prone to become addicted to other behaviors such as drug and alcohol or gambling even. Their brains get a "high" from the behavior, if one "high" is removed their brain looks for another "high" to replace it. Its called cross addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Most men get bored with this goofy stuff quickly. If you're missing out on the better things in life because of a focus on erotica, it's treatable. It'll be a combination of talking about what it means, and perhaps some medication. Mayo's reported Naltrexone stopping addiction cold, and i've heard of low doses of ssri's working. Get your freedom back by accepting treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more
Yes. Yes. And yes.: If this is happening to you then your addiction is causing your life to be out of balance. It is time to get help now. Considering seeing an addiction medicine specialist or a psychologist or psychiatrist for professional help. Some people attend gamblers anonymous as the two addictions are very similar. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: Yes often drug and alcohol addicition starts as a poor way to cope with stress and low self esteem and as reliance and use of these agents continue- an addiction is started. But it is important to note that addiction has a strong genetic component as well. Often this is reflected in strong family history of addiction. In any case seek help from your dr if you have an addiction. ...Read more
What are common treatment facilities that treat compulsive behavior addictions such as internet, video games, ect?
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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