Scientists discover new treatment for gambling addiction
Addiction to gambling is a serious problem that affects millions of people around the world. Until recently, there was no effective treatment for this condition. However, scientists have now discovered a new treatment that can help people overcome their addiction.
The new treatment is called “gambling blocker therapy” and it involves taking medication that blocks the effects of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is involved in reward and pleasure-seeking behaviors. Blocking its effects helps to reduce the temptation to gamble.
So far, the new treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing gambling addiction in both animals and humans. In one study, participants who received the therapy were significantly less likely to gamble than those who did not receive it. They also showed reduced symptoms of addiction and improved mental health overall.
Gambling blocker therapy is a novel approach to treating gambling addiction and more research is needed to determine its long-term effectiveness. However, early results suggest that it may be an promising new option for people struggling with this problem.
Study finds that medication can help treat gambling addiction
A recent study published in the journal Addiction has found that medication can be an effective way to help treat gambling addiction. For the study, researchers looked at data from almost 5,000 people who had been treated for a gambling addiction between 2010 and 2017.
The researchers found that the most effective treatment for gambling addiction was medication combined with therapy. They also found that the use of medication increased over time, and that it was most commonly used in combination with therapy.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, gambling addiction is a serious problem that can lead to financial problems, job loss, and even criminal behavior. It is estimated that about 2 percent of Americans are affected by gambling addiction.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling addiction, it is important to seek help. There are many treatments available, including medication and therapy.
Rehab may help reduce gambling addiction relapse
According to a study published in the journal Addiction Biology, rehab may help reduce gambling addiction relapse rates.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge, and it looked at data from more than 1,600 people with gambling addictions. The participants were followed for an average of two years, and during that time, 181 of them (11.3%) went back to gambling after completing rehab.
This is significantly lower than the relapse rate for people with gambling addictions who did not go to rehab (27.9%).
The study’s authors say that their findings suggest that rehab can be an effective tool for reducing gambling addiction relapse rates. They added that more research is needed to determine which types of rehab are most effective at reducing relapse rates.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a gambling addiction, seek help from a qualified professional. There are many programs available that can help you manage your addiction and find lasting recovery.
Therapy may cut risk of gambling relapse by 50%
According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Cambridge, therapy may help reduce the risk of gambling relapse by as much as 50%.
The study, which is to be published in the journal Addiction, tracked 191 people who had sought treatment for a gambling problem. Of those participants, 88% were found not to have relapsed after one year follow-up, compared to a 54% relapse rate among a control group of untreated individuals.
The study participants underwent different types of therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI). CBT typically focuses on helping people change their thoughts and beliefs about gambling, while MI helps people to develop and strengthen their motivation to change their behaviour.
Lead researcher Dr. Lucy Tonder said that the findings showed that “therapy is an effective way to reduce the risk of gambling relapse.” She added that the study provided “further evidence that CBT and MI are both promising treatments for problem gambling.”
Gamblers share how they overcame their addiction
Gambling addiction is a real and serious problem. However, there are ways to overcome it. In this article, we will hear from a few people who have done just that.
“I first realized I had a gambling problem when I started borrowing money from my family and friends to gamble with,” said Sarah*. “I was ashamed and desperate, but I couldn’t stop. I tried to hide my addiction from everyone, but eventually it became too difficult. I was losing thousands of dollars every month and I felt like I was going crazy.”
Sarah sought help from a counselor and eventually overcame her addiction through therapy and self-care. She now speaks to others who are struggling with gambling addiction to help them find the same success.
Another gambler, Bill*, battled his addiction for many years before finally overcoming it. “I started gambling when I was in college, betting on sports games with my friends,” he said. “It was just a bit of fun at first, but soon it became addicting. Before long, I was betting on everything – games, stocks, even the weather! I lost so much money over the years that I could have easily paid off my student loans twice over. But I was so addicted to gambling that I couldn’t stop.”
Bill sought help from Gamblers Anonymous and other support groups. He also made some major changes to his lifestyle, including getting rid of all his credit cards and only spending money he had saved up. After a few years of hard work, Bill finally overcame his addiction.
If you are struggling with a gambling addiction, know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you get your life back on track. Seek out professional help if you need it – there is no shame in admitting that you have a problem and asking for help. With time and effort, you can overcome your addiction and start living a healthier life.