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Let's Talk About Your Gambling Addiction: What Exactly Is Compulsive Gambling?

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Is it possible that I'm a compulsive gambler? What is compulsive gambling, exactly? Is it a drug like cocaine or heroin that you're addicted to?

To properly comprehend compulsive gambling, you must examine the brain. Simply explained, the healthy brain releases a number of hormones that produce endorphins, which make you feel happy. A lack of these hormones, or a chemical imbalance in the brain, is found in people who are prone to addiction. The "rush" that gambling provides for persons with a brain imbalance really replicates the production of these hormones in the brain, making the person feel wonderful online live casino Malaysia 2022

However, the sensation that gambling may elicit in the brain is not genuine, and it is certainly not long-lasting! Gambling's temporary 'high' will always be followed by a crash that will leave you feeling worse than when you started. You will wager again and again to make yourself feel better. Only to be let down again and again. Is this anything you've heard before? If that's the case, you're not alone.

Compulsive gambling is similar to other addictions in that it mimics a pleasurable experience in the brain. Compulsive gambling, like alcoholism and strong drug addictions like cocaine, is a disease. Is the brain, however, the sole factor to consider when it comes to gambling? Obviously not. There's a lot more going on here than just brain physiology, but it's a big part of it.

Money is a big aspect in compulsive gambling, but it's not the sole factor. Many people feel that gambling is all about gaining money and recouping losses, but this is far from the case. Addicts to gambling are addicted to the sensations that gaming gives. The rush of victory, the sense of dominance, of glory! Compulsive gambling, as previously said, is much more about a mood than it is about money.

So how is compulsive gambling termed an addiction if gambling is about a feeling? A person with a gambling problem suffers many of the same issues as someone with another, more visible addiction. The addict is unable to quit gambling despite knowing that they should; as a result, their lives are shattered, their families are disintegrating, and they are in debt. Compulsive gamblers live in denial as they chase the big win in the hopes of recapturing the 'high' they experienced when they first started gambling.

Compulsive gambling is a hidden addiction; unlike alcoholism, it is difficult to spot someone who has a gambling issue. So, how can you recognise someone who has a gambling addiction? How can you know whether you or someone you care about has a problem? And why is compulsive gambling such a serious issue? In the following email, I'll go over the signs and symptoms of compulsive gambling.


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