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What Happens When Gambling Becomes an Addiction?

Similarly to drugs and drinking, individuals may develop a gambling problem that causes significant harm in their lives. A person can become addicted to any type of gambling, from the lottery and slot machines to horse racing and card games. Additionally, the amount of money a person wins or loses does not constitute whether or […]

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a person checks a gambling site while watching sports after a loved one couldn't stop enabling gambling

Are You Enabling a Gambling Addiction?

There is often a misguided belief that gambling addiction is not as destructive as other forms of addictive behavior. The unsettling reality is that gambling addiction can have far-reaching consequences in the lives of those who love the person struggling with this process addiction, especially since loved ones are often responsible for enabling the addiction

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a person with a problem with gambling uses a sports betting app on their computer and phone

How Do You Know If You Have a Problem with Gambling?

While it is true that most people can and do gamble responsibly, for some individuals, what may begin as just casual entertainment sometimes crosses over the line into problem gambling. Problem gambling includes compulsive or pathological gambling, also called gambling addiction. It is a highly disabling and progressive impulse control disorder that affects between one

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Are Process Addictions Real Addictions?

Process addictions are addictions to an activity or process, such as gambling, eating, spending, sex, and work. But are process addictions real? Many of the symptoms are similar to those of substance use disorders. If you struggle with a process addiction, Recovery Ranch TN can help. Our process addiction treatment center provides evidence-based therapies to those

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What Are the Treatments for Sex Addiction?

Sex addiction is one of several possible terms used to describe patterns of sexual conduct, sexual thought, or sexual fantasy that seriously impair a person’s ability to maintain a sense of well-being or to follow a stable daily routine. In the U.S., there is no standard definition for this behavioral addiction, and the medical community

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Woman considers her addiction to mobile phone

5 Ways to Break Your Addiction to Your Mobile Phone

Cell phone addiction is increasing rapidly as more people own and use smartphones on a regular basis for a variety of needs. The vast majority of Americans own a cell phone, and many use smartphones that keep them connected to the internet. Many are cell phone dependent, meaning they do not have an alternate phone

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a woman displays the common indicators of love addiction

What Are the Most Common Indicators of Love Addiction?

Those who are addicted to love live in a chaotic world of desperate need and emotional despair. Fearful of being alone or rejected, love addicts endlessly search for that special someone that will make them feel whole. Ironically, these individuals oftentimes have had numerous opportunities for the truly intimate experience they think they want. But they are

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Quarantined with an Alcoholic Spouse

Living with an alcoholic spouse is likely a challenge on any day. The quarantine during the coronavirus possibly leads to new challenges when you are quarantined with an alcoholic spouse. The Recovery Ranch staff members recognize that alcohol addiction already has a major impact on the family members of individuals with an alcohol use disorder. Receiving treatment is crucial,

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Dangers of Designer Drugs: Rogue Chemicals Designed to Cause Damage

Extreme anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, psychosis, death — these are only a few of the hidden dangers of designer drugs. If you haven’t yet used a designer drug, now is not the time to begin. These synthetic party drugs do everything except encourage a good time. In fact, they’re quite dangerous because only the shady chemist

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Five Signs of a Functioning Alcoholic: Is Your Loved One Struggling?

Did you know that nearly 20 percent of all alcoholics in America are considered high functioning? In other words, they don’t fit the typical stereotype you may envision when you think of someone who suffers from alcohol use disorder. Rather, a high-functioning alcoholic is typically successful. Signs of a functioning alcoholic may be difficult to

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