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Why are slot machines so addictive?

Why are slot machines so addictive?

Compulsive gambling: Slot machines are one form of gambling that may lead to compulsive gambling. Mutual support helps; consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous. ...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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What am I addicted to slot machines and not poker or something else?

What am I addicted to slot machines and not poker or something else?

Good question: Your brain likes a quick "rush" that playing slots provides, also any habit with random reinforcement is more "addictive" as well. Slots are just your addiction of choice. One outcome if you said no more slots but did not get good support for your addiction could be becoming addicted to another type of gambling or other maladaptive behavior, possible even alcohol or drugs. Talk to someone try ga. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of slot machine addiction?

What are the symptoms of slot machine 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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How can I forgive myself for all the money i've wasted in slot machines?

Forgiveness is good: ...for your health, whether it's forgiving someone else or yourself. Read the accompanying HealthTap answers to find out: when we should forgive, why it's so hard, how we misunderstand it, & what our minds and bodies gain from forgiveness. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for slot machine addiction?

What is the treatment for slot machine addiction?

Slot machine addicti: Firstly do not go to the casino, secondly move away from the casino thirdly seek the assistance of a psychologist who may be able to help if the other two do not. Lastly you can buy a small slot machine for your home and just play it in the comforts of your home. ...Read more

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Is it okay to be on a cardio machine for an hour?

Is it okay to be on a cardio machine for an hour?

Yes: Gym equipment can be used for great lengths of time provided your basic health is good and you either set the machine for easy tolerance, or you have spent weeks and months building up your tolerance. ...Read more

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What reaction can you expect from a tens machine ?

What reaction can you expect from a tens machine ?

Pain relief: Initially the muscles where the tens unit is attached will feel warm, and if the unit is on too high they may contract. I it is set correctly you should feel less pain afterwards. ...Read more

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Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Is it the challenge or risk that is addictive in gambling?

Fear of loss: Great question. Nobel prize winning research shows that it's the fear of loss. Sounds contradictory, right? What happens is that losing some, people won't accept the loss and keep going to make up their losses. As gambling is by design a losing game (winning for house and zero sum), losses run and worsen the cycle. ...Read more

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Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Why is weed less addictive than other drugs? Explanations please?

Who says it is?: Addiction is not a function of the drug as much as it is a function of the person who is TAKING that drug. Most people who drink are not addicted to alcohol, but 10% or so are. The same number is true of marijuana, with about 10% of users having dependency. It has a very mild withdrawal syndrome for one, compared to alcohol, tranquilizers or opiates, and doesn't have the euphoria of stimulants. ...Read more