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The Root of Gambling Addiction Lies in the Brain

No-one starts off with a plan to become a gambling addict. The process of developing a gambling addiction can take decades, for some - while others find themselves struggling with gambling very soon after their first bet. The brain plays a systematic role in the development of a gambling addiction, almost mirroring the patterns drug and alcohol abuse. 

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When does gambling become a problem? Do you need a residential program or is a support group sufficient? How long will it take? Do family and friends need to be involved?

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When does gambling go from being entertaining fun & games to a destructive obsession?

The short answer is when a person keeps gambling even after it stops being fun. Too much of just about anything can become a problem. Gambling is no different. It may seem counterintuitive, but pathological gamblers can get that “high” feeling even when they lose. They begin chasing losses just as one might expect a gambler to chase wins.

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Everyone faces difficult or tempting situations from time to time. It is how a person responds to a situation or a stressor that defines a pathological disorder. Like many addictive behaviors, the problem with gambling addiction isn’t the gambling itself – it’s how an individual responds to the gambling activity.

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March offers a terrible temptation for people with compulsive gambling behaviors or a diagnosed gambling addiction. Whether you are currently in treatment for gambling addiction or are in recovery, March Madness has the potential to become a major problem.

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Super Bowl 2019 is looming on the horizon, and with it the ever present temptation to place a bet. As most people in sports betting know, the Super Bowl can be a challenging time for somebody in recovery from gambling.

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The New Year is a great time for a fresh start, allowing you to old habits behind and commit to a healthier, more balanced future. However, using sheer will power to succeed might not be enough. To keep yourself on the right track, you need the right tools and support. With a good support system in place, relapses become easier to avoid or recover from. All of the following can help:

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Though gambling withdrawal can be a challenging process it is important to remember that it’s an unavoidable part of recovery and the rewards outweigh the experience. If you are mentally prepared for withdrawal you can flourish during your recovery.

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2018 is a special year for Algamus — it’s our 25th anniversary. As we reflect on this milestone we look back at how far we have come, the relationships that have been restored, lives that have been transformed and friendships that we have created along the way.  

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Just like chemical substance addictions, those suffering from compulsive gambling disorder can go through serious withdrawal. Identifying the signs and symptoms of gambling withdrawal can help you manage them. Studies on behavioral addictions have found that there are a range of different withdrawal symptoms. These are grouped as either physical symptoms or emotional symptoms. You might experience some, all, or none of the symptoms listed here. 

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