The thrill of the gambling experience is shared. Though not everyone may be as equally enticed by the promise of a big win, most people respond to gambling the same way biologically and psychologically. The heart starts racing, the mind is stimulated, and win or lose there is a surge in the production of dopamine, thrilled by the anticipation of making a big win. Most people are able to walk away from gambling when they feel their luck has run out, they lose interest, are too tired, or want to go home. Despite the manipulative techniques of gambling areas- no clocks, flowing alcohol, pumping fresh oxygen, stimulating sights and sounds, most people can stop. Addiction is characterized by an inability to stop. For gambling addicts, the win is never big enough, the promise of the next win is too good, and the negative consequences which build over time are never enough to stop gambling.
Getting addicted to gambling is not an experience that everyone can understand. Researchers aren’t sure if the gambling addict is predisposed to gambling addiction specifically. What they have concluded is that gambling is a compulsive behavioral issue and the empirical data into gambling legitimizes it as an addiction, not just a compulsion. Here are four other things you might want to know about gambling addiction if you think your loved one might be a gambling addict.
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