WATCH: What Goes on in a Gambling Addict’s Brain

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Why do gambling addicts love the thrill of betting so much? What’s really in it for them? What goes on in their brain? Find out in this video by BBC Panorama, which follows a unique experiment that explores what goes on in the brain of a gambling addict. Read More

Process Addictions: All You Need to Know

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Process addictions involve addiction to rewarding behavior, even if it can eventually lead to a wide range of negative effects.

Not all addictions involve substances like drugs and alcohol. There are addictions that involve activities, such as sex, gambling, eating, or even shopping. These are collectively known as process addictions. Read More

Compulsive Gambling: What You Need to Know

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When it comes to compulsive gambling, the odds are against you. No one ever wins–except for the house–while you could easily bet your home.

Gambling is one of the most deceptive vices. At first, it attracts you with the idea of getting quick and easy money. Eventually, you sink deeper until you wake up in financial ruin.

Find out if you or someone you know has compulsive gambling problems.  Read More

Escapism and Drug Use: Why People Run from Reality

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When you think about drug use and addiction, you may wonder why people do it. And with this, many drug users and addicts claim that they first use it in order to escape. This attitude of escapism can then make them more prone to develop addiction, and even have a hard time to overcome it. However, there are those who argue that they use drugs to alter their minds and moods and therefore enhance their lives.

But is this really the case when addiction is involved? Read More

How to Help an Addict Loved One Get into Rehab?

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Watching an addict loved one succumb to the dangers of addiction can be heartbreaking. It can also be distressing and terrifying, often making you feel hopeless, like there’s nothing that you can do to help them.

As much as you want to help your addict loved one overcome their addiction, whether this is drugs, alcohol, or behavioral, at the end of the day the decision is up to them. Only they, the addict, can help themselves once they decide they need help and are open to addiction treatment.

Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything. Here’s some tips that you can do on your end to help your addict loved one get into rehab–and soon! Read More

5 Addiction Delusions That Keep You From Getting Help

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Addicts have a knack at making themselves believe addiction delusions so that they can go on living their lives without consequence or treatment. They do this by rationalizing their habits, particularly their drug or alcohol use, or even behavioral addictions such as gambling. Read More

Addict Shaming: Why it Doesn’t Work

Addict shaming. This is one of the things people do without them realizing it. Or perhaps they may just be overwhelmed and frustrated by their loved one’s addiction. However, it doesn’t differ from other forms of shaming such as body shaming or slut shaming.

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Why Structure is Important in Recovery

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Find out why structure is important in recovery and what you can do to maintain structure in your life.

For those who have succeeded completing their addiction treatment or rehab program, you know that this is only the beginning. Once you step into the “real world” and go back to your families and your life, you will be confronted with a barrage of triggers and stresses at all fronts. While the return to “freedom” can be exhilarating, it can also be filled with dread and uncertainty. Read More

Online Gambling Addiction: Potentially More Dangerous than Going to the Casinos?

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So you don’t go to casinos to gamble. You don’t play cards among other people or bet on horse races. However, you stay engrossed on your mobile phones or computers for hours, betting small amounts of money on online poker and slot machine games. And you think there’s nothing wrong with that.

Let’s take a closer look.

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What You Need to Know About Behavioral Addictions

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Shopping, sex, eating, gambling, and many other activities are normal when done casually, socially or in moderation. However, there is a thin line between a normal activity and a behavioral addiction. Let’s find out here.

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