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Tips for Recovering From Gambling Addiction

Posted on July 25, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Tips for Recovering From Gambling AddictionIf you are wondering how to beat gambling addiction, you may need to get professional help. On the other hand, if you have already received treatment and are now abstaining from gambling, you now need advice for avoiding a relapse. The drive to gamble for an addict is powerful, but you can resist it. Hopefully your therapist or counselor has given you the tools you need to live your life without gambling, but it never hurts to get some extra help. Here are some important gambling recovery tips to help you live your life to the fullest without giving into the temptation to gamble:

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Internet Gambling Is the Next Big Thing-Or Is It?

Posted on July 2, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Internet Gambling Is the Next Big Thing-Or Is It?After three states lifted their restrictions against it in 2013, legalized Internet gambling seemed poised to sweep across the American landscape like an out-of-control wildfire. But the online gambling industry’s plans for conquest have run into unexpected roadblocks, and at least for now the anticipated firestorm has been reduced to a smoldering pile of embers. 

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Gambling Addiction Runs in Families

Posted on June 5, 2015 in Gambling Addiction

Gambling Addiction Runs in FamiliesGambling addiction is a serious problem and an example of a behavioral addiction. Although gambling addicts don’t abuse a chemical substance, like a drug addict does, they experience many of the symptoms of addiction. For someone addicted to gambling, there are withdrawal symptoms, a build-up of tolerance and the inability to stop in spite of the negative consequences. Many people have had their finances, relationships and careers destroyed because of a gambling habit.

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Japan Drowning under a Deluge of Addiction

Posted on April 23, 2015 in Research & News

Japan Drowning under a Deluge of AddictionWaves of addiction are a public health crisis that all nations must deal with from time to time. For example, in the United States there is currently much concern about the shocking growth in heroin consumption. It is feared this disturbing development may lead the country into a new sordid age of excess, reminiscent of the crack and methamphetamine plagues of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

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What Is the Fastest Growing Addiction?

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Research & News

Prescription painkillers, gambling and porn—take your pick. All have been reported about and described as “America’s fastest growing addiction.” The “winner” doesn’t matter as much as how this information should inform our education and treatment approaches, and how we view the place of these substances and behaviors in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

When most people think of addiction, they think of the ones that outwardly appear to be the most common addictions—alcohol, food and perhaps certain illicit drugs such as heroin or cocaine. And each of these substances will continue to fill treatment centers with addicts every year, but their numbers are relatively stable. There has not been, for example, a massive rise in alcoholism. People continue to be alcoholics, but not in new, record numbers.

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Understanding the Phases of Compulsive Gambling

Posted on August 7, 2013 in Gambling Addiction

Understanding the Phases of Compulsive GamblingGambling is a form of recreation that’s turned into a multi-billion-dollar industry in the U.S.  In fact, the allure and excitement of gambling is so powerful that more money is spent on it than many other forms of entertainment combined – including sporting events, video games and movie tickets. Unfortunately, this same allure also makes it a form of recreation that can easily turn into an addiction.  According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), during any given year approximately 6 million to 9 million people in the U.S. will struggle with a gambling problem.

While some individuals can gamble and know when to cut their losses (or wins) and stop, others cannot.  They become trapped in a vicious cycle that involves three phases – winning, losing and desperation.  These phases were identified by the late Dr. Robert Custer, a psychiatrist who was a well-known and highly respected pioneer in the treatment of compulsive gambling. Understanding these phases helps shed light on why the addiction develops and why it can be so difficult to overcome.

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Gambling and Substance Abuse Share Characteristics, But Treatments Differ

Posted on June 27, 2013 in Gambling Addiction

The rush that some people experience when they gamble, whether it’s at a table in a casino, online or in a weekly match with local enthusiasts, is sometimes so intense that an addiction is born.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does not have a listing for gambling among its addictions, but despite its differences with substance abuse, problem gambling can be just as destructive. But gambling is differentiated due to its cognitive associations and is referred to as pathological gambling instead of classic dependence issues seen with substances.

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Drug Side Effects Lead to Addictive Behavior

Posted on August 13, 2012 in Research & News

Researchers are finding that Parkinson’s patients are struggling with the side effects of their medications. According to a recent medical article, the obsessive nature of these side effects are causing Parkinson’s sufferers to turn to addictive behaviors.

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Is Smart Phone Gambling Smart?

Posted on August 3, 2011 in Gambling Addiction

Most people with smart phones are thrilled with the slick packaging and full range of features they offer, but for one demographic easy access to online gambling is proving to be problematic. Online gambling via mobile device is still prohibited in the United States but in other countries it is legal.

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Link between Parkinson’s Treatment and Compulsive Behavior

Posted on May 10, 2010 in Research & News

Pathological gambling, compulsive shopping, binge eating, and other impulse control disorders appear to be more common among individuals taking dopamine agonist medications for Parkinson’s disease, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

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