Gambling Addiction

A gambling addiction might not be reported as often as a drug addiction is. You’re not ingesting or using anything, so physically you cannot be addicted. However, a gambling addiction can be psychologically devastating. Many people, rich and poor, famous or average person on the street, chances are you can be affected by a gambling problem. According to the NHS there are more than half a million problem gamblers in the UK.

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Gambling Addiction: What it entails.

The reason why gambling is popular, is the natural high it creates that can become psychologically addictive. It was only quite recently that the idea of “gambling could lead to an addiction” has become acceptable under scientists and the general population alikeg. Previously, researches found it to be a compulsive disorder, and people did it to relieve stress and anxiety.
However, a gambling addiction is indeed more like a drug addiction rather than a compulsive disorder. When you gamble, your brain releases dopamine which is a substance in your body that makes you feel great. Similar to cocaine use in many ways, because the active substance in cocaine also leads to a dopamine release in your brain.
Now we know why you have the need to gamble, you might have come to the conclusion that you suffer from an addiction. There is no shame in that, and you can get help. At Action Rehab, we try to help you find a rehabilitation clinic to sort out your gambling problem.

Gambling Addiction; withdrawal symptoms.

Just like with a drug or alcohol addiction, once you decide to kick your habit, the arduous work starts. You might be able to stop gambling quite easily, or it could become a bit harder than expected. Just like with a drug addiction there will be withdrawal symptoms. There are cases where the withdrawals will be challenging physically, as your body is not getting the dopamine release it was so used to. Cravings, irritability and restlessness were the most widely-reported symptoms, but insomnia, headaches, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, and muscle aches were also reported. These symptoms weren’t found to correlate with a substance abuse problem, and were more severe in those who gambled more heavily.
Your brain will adjust in time, as it is a chemical imbalance causing this. That is why it is important for you to keep pushing to stop gambling. We have a lot of rehab centres that we can recommend for you, where you can get the help you need. In case you cannot afford this, we can also recommend the NHS website for free clinics in your area.


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