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Posted in Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alcoholics Prone to Gambling, Sex and Shopping Addictions

New research from a team of Italian and Swiss scientists indicates that people affected by alcohol use disorder (alcoholism and/or alcohol abuse) have substantially increased chances of developing the symptoms of a non-substance-related behavioral addiction.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Exploring the Tangled Relationship Between Gambling Addiction and Sleep Disorders

More than most disruptive habits, problem gambling tends to be an after-dark activity. The quiet anonymity of the evening hours seems to appeal to gamblers who feel the need to hide their behavior from the scrutiny of friends and family.

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Posted in Mental Health

Problem Gamblers Should Be Screened for Personality Disorders

The revelation that addicts often have underlying physical or mental health disorders does not exactly qualify as a shocker. Compulsive behaviors are often a coping mechanism for those who feel overwhelmed by the world and feel a desperate urge to escape from their troubles. But naturally those troubles only multiply when addiction develops, as obstacles that once seemed difficult become all but insurmountable.

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Posted in Sex Addiction

Sexual Addiction, Gambling Addiction Show Similarities

Sexual addiction should be classified alongside gambling addiction and other behavioral addictions, according to a new study published in the journal Comprehensive Psychiatry. These results could help the disorder gain the official recognition it is currently lacking.

The new study, led by Dr. Joseph M. Farré of the Hospital Universitari Quirón-Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, compared the personality and mental illness characteristics of patients with sexual addiction to those with gambling addiction. The research compared the two clinical groups and a group of healthy controls by using the Diagnostic Questionnaire for Pathological Gambling, the Symptoms Checklist-90 Items-Revised (SCL-90) and the Temperament and Character Inventory-Revised (TCI-R). The study also gathered data on each subject’s socio-demographic characteristics.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Gambling Addicts Motivated by Big Financial Rewards

People diagnosed with gambling disorder are much more likely to prefer gambling situations that provide large financial rewards in return for a heightened level of risk, a new study has found.

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Posted in Drug Addiction

The Challenge of Treating Chronic Pain in Sobriety

Treating chronic pain in sobriety can be a slippery slope in which you’re threatened by a double-edged sword. Living with constant pain hurts your quality of life, but giving in to taking narcotics may set you up for a relapse.

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Posted in Mental Health

Seniors and Problem Gambling: A Growing Addiction

Opportunities to gamble present themselves to all Americans of any age and from all walks of life. From gambling meccas like Atlantic City and Las Vegas, to local casinos and online gaming, gambling is available to nearly everyone. Some people, though, are targeted more often than others. Senior citizens, retirees with no day jobs and with pension money and Social Security income, are easy targets for the industry. If you have an older loved one, be aware of the risks of gambling, the possibility of addiction and the fact that she and her money are being targeted.

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Posted in Addiction Treatment

Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Helps Gambling Addicts

People diagnosed with gambling disorder have an addiction to participating in one or more types of gambling activity. Specialists commonly refer to this non-substance-related condition as a form of behavioral addiction. In a study published in April 2014 in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, researchers from Canada’s University of Toronto investigated the potential of a form of psychotherapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help people with serious gambling problems. The particular form of CBT the researchers looked at featured involvement in a practice called mindfulness.

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Posted in Addiction Research

Compulsive Gambling Hurts More Than the Gambler

At one time, a person had to travel to Atlantic City or Las Vegas in order to participate in heavy-duty gambling. Today, gambling is available almost everywhere. Many states allow casinos and sell lottery tickets. Fantasy football and casino-style gaming can be accessed online 24/7. This means that it is easier than ever to develop a gambling addiction. When that happens, more than the gambler is adversely affected.

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Posted in Mental Health

Study Examines Whether Mental Fatigue Influences Gambling Behaviors

Understanding how gambling behaviors develop into pathological gambling patterns is becoming more important as the opportunities to gamble have increased. There have been significant access changes because online gambling is readily available to those who possess a smartphone or a laptop.

Given that gambling can be done just about anytime and anywhere, there are many factors to consider when evaluating which ones lead to more risk-taking behaviors. A recent study evaluated the effects of mental fatigue on risk-taking, including an examination of not only cognitive depletion, but also how previous outcomes influenced gambling behaviors (Kostek & Ashrafioun, 2013).

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