Gambling Addiction

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Introduction Gambling can stimulate the brain's reward system much like drugs or alcohol can, leading to addiction (Compulsive, 2016). That is when gambling goes from a fun, harmless pastime to an unhealthy obsession with serious consequences. Whether you bet on horses, buy lottery tickets, play poker, or pull the arm on the One-Armed Bandits—in a casino, at the track, or online—if your gambling becomes a problem, it can strain your relationships, interfere with work, and lead to financial disaster. It can cause you to do things you never thought you would do like stealing money, not paying your bills, and pawning everything you own to get more money. All so you can keep gambling or pay your debts. Gambling addiction also called Compulsive gambling is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life. Gambling means that you're willing to risk something you value in the hope of getting something of even greater value (Compulsive, 2016).
Individual Impact
When a person is a compulsive gambler or an addict, the effects are devastating. Many addicts will use credit cards , loans, or even tap our their retirement fund to pay for their addiction. The result places them in debt to the point of losing homes, jobs, vehicles, and even filing bankruptcy. If they become to attached to the gambling they can forget to care for themselves causing poor physical and emotional health. It can also cause additional addictions to drugs, smoking, or alcohol
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