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Is gambling addiction a real addiction (like heroin)?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes.
If you are concerned about being a gambling addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous.
Find a meeting at their web site: http://www.Gamblersanonymous.Org/ga/index.Php.

In brief: Yes.
If you are concerned about being a gambling addict, you might want to consider attending a meeting of gamblers anonymous.
Find a meeting at their web site: http://www.Gamblersanonymous.Org/ga/index.Php.
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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