Motivations of Pathological Gamblers

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Based on information from the National Opinion Research Center (NORC), the National Gambling Impact Study Commission (NGISC) states that there are two and a half million individuals who fall into a state defined as a pathological gambler, another three million are considered problem gamblers, and roughly fifteen million more could be considered “at-risk” (NORC, 1999). A pathological gambler is one who has a severe uncontrollable urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. This project proposes to address the need to keep a casino patron from developing a pathological or compulsive gambling problem. The project will entail investigating the driving factors for a person gambling themselves into problems and…show more content…
The trail an individual takes to pathological gambling can essentially be defined as a psychological imbalance or emersion into an alternate world. Natasha Dow Schull, a cultural anthropologist, shows this alternate world emersion in her recent book on compulsive gambling and the addictive nature of slot machines. She describes these normally reserved individuals who become absorbed in gambling as entering a trancelike state she references as the “machine zone.” This “machine zone” is the essence of an addictive gamblers fault. Schull describes the individuals as having their personal needs, social worries, and bodily awareness fade (Schull, 2008). Unlike other addictions, pathological or problem gamblers are not controlled by a chemical or substance. They are consumed by a psychological need to gamble. That is why by developing an information structure that will monitor this behavior, preventive measures can be implemented to control these psychological emersions.

Current treatment of individuals who experience gambling addiction is performed by counselors with extensive training in this area. These counselors specialize in neurosciences and family therapy, since the addicted individual needs to rekindle their normal state of mind as well as their personal relationships with others. When a gambler has been committed to therapy the counselor will focus help based on the individual’s personal needs and necessary treatment plan. The
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