Will Medication Help Me With My Gambling Addiction?

There is no magical cure for gambling addiction and there is no one particular medication that can actually stop and individuals’ impulse to gamble. If you surf the net you can find various small studies that have shown that certain medications can curb the urge to gamble. Results of these studies have not shown any major significant indications.

Gambling is a behavioral addiction which is also known as an “impulse disorder”. It is a learned behavior, even though many biological influences have been shown to effect gambling behavior.

Many significant studies have shown that the drugs actually prescribed to patients with Parkinson’s disease have actually increased gambling behavior severely in these patients who never had a gambling problem in the first place. Because these drugs known as “dopamine -agonists”increased the available supply of dopamine in the brain, strong conclusions have been made regarding the role of dopamine in compulsive gambling behavior.

If an individual with a gambling addiction suffers from depression or anxiety, medication may be prescribed to treat these underlying problems. Sometimes a physician will prescribe an anti-depressant that can improve mood and curb the urge for self-destructive and addictive gambling.

Medications may be prescribed for gambling addiction, however, it is my belief that an overall lifestyle change including healthy diet, self-care, exercise, and good sleep habits can help as well. Every unique situation is different, and it is a good idea for an individual with a gambling addiction to visit his or her physician for an expert opinion.

Sometimes we all look for that magic pill that will make a huge change in our lives without taking personal responsibility for that change. An individual with a gambling problem needs to make life changes in all areas of his or her life to truly beat a gambling problem. It is a lifelong process of change that will solidify a good, healthy recovery.

Politicians Want to Protect us From the Evils of On-Line Gambling Part 3

This is part 3 of a multipart series of articles regarding proposed anti-gambling legislation. In this article, I continue the discussion of the reasons claimed to make this legislation necessary, and the facts that exist in the real world, including the Jack Abramoff connection and the addictive nature of online gambling.

The legislators are trying to protect us from something, or are they? The whole thing seems a little confusing to say the least.

As mentioned in previous articles, the House, and the Senate, are once again considering the issue of “Online Gambling”. Bills have been submitted by Congressmen Goodlatte and Leach, and also by Senator Kyl.

The bill being put forward by Rep. Goodlatte, The Internet Gambling Prohibition Act, has the stated intention of updating the Wire Act to outlaw all forms of online gambling, to make it illegal for a gambling business to accept credit and electronic transfers, and to force ISPs and Common Carriers to block access to gambling related sites at the request of law enforcement.

Just as does Rep. Goodlatte, Sen. Kyl, in his bill, Prohibition on Funding of Unlawful Internet Gambling, makes it illegal for gambling businesses to accept credit cards, electronic transfers, checks and other forms of payment for the purpose on placing illegal bets, but his bill does not address those that place bets.

The bill submitted by Rep. Leach, The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, is basically a copy of the bill submitted by Sen. Kyl. It focuses on preventing gambling businesses from accepting credit cards, electronic transfers, checks, and other payments, and like the Kyl bill makes no changes to what is currently legal, or illegal.

In a quote from Goodlatte we have “Jack Abramoff’s total disregard for the legislative process has allowed Internet gambling to continue thriving into what is now a twelve billion-dollar business which not only hurts individuals and their families but makes the economy suffer by draining billions of dollars from the United States and serves as a vehicle for money laundering.”

There are several interesting points here.

First of all, we have a little misdirection about Jack Abramoff and his disregard for the legislative process. This comment, and others that have been made, follow the logic that; 1) Jack Abramoff was opposed to these bills, 2) Jack Abramoff was corrupt, 3) to avoid being associated with corruption you should vote for these bills. This is of course absurd. If we followed this logic to the extreme, we should go back and void any bills that Abramoff supported, and enact any bills that he opposed, regardless of the content of the bill. Legislation should be passed, or not, based on the merits of the proposed legislation, not based on the reputation of one individual.

As well, when Jack Abramoff opposed previous bills, he did so on behalf of his client eLottery, attempting to get the sale of lottery tickets over the internet excluded from the legislation. Ironically, the protections he was seeking are included in this new bill, since state run lotteries would be excluded. Jack Abramoff therefore would probably support this legislation since it gives him what he was looking for. That does not stop Goodlatte and others from using Abramoff’s recent disgrace as a means to make their bill look better, thus making it not just an anti-gambling bill, but somehow an ant-corruption bill as well, while at the same time rewarding Abramoff and his client.

Next, is his statement that online gambling “hurts individuals and their families”. I presume that what he is referring to here is problem gambling. Let’s set the record straight. Only a small percentage of gamblers become problem gamblers, not a small percentage of the population, but only a small percentage of gamblers.

In addition, Goodlatte would have you believe that Internet gambling is more addictive than casino gambling. Sen. Kyl has gone so far as to call online gambling “the crack cocaine of gambling”, attributing the quote to some un-named researcher. To the contrary, researchers have shown that gambling on the Internet is no more addictive than gambling in a casino. As a matter of fact, electronic gambling machines, found in casinos and race tracks all over the country are more addictive than online gambling.

In research by N. Dowling, D. Smith and T. Thomas at the School of Health Sciences, RMIT University, Bundoora, Australia “There is a general view that electronic gaming is the most ‘addictive’ form of gambling, in that it contributes more to causing problem gambling than any other gambling activity. As such, electronic gaming machines have been referred to as the ‘crack-cocaine’ of gambling”.

As to Sen. Kyls claim about “crack cocaine”, quotes at http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/20733/ include “Cultural busybodies have long known that in post this-is-your-brain-on-drugs America, the best way to win attention for a pet cause is to compare it to some scourge that already scares the bejesus out of America”. And “During the 1980s and ’90s, it was a little different. Then, a troubling new trend wasn’t officially on the public radar until someone dubbed it “the new crack cocaine.” And “On his Vice Squad weblog, University of Chicago Professor Jim Leitzel notes that a Google search finds experts declaring slot machines (The New York Times Magazine), video slots (the Canadian Press) and casinos (Madison Capital Times) the “crack cocaine of gambling,” respectively. Leitzel’s search also found that spam email is “the crack cocaine of advertising” (Sarasota, Fla. Herald Tribune), and that cybersex is a kind of sexual “spirtual crack cocaine” (Focus on the Family)”.

As we can see, calling something the “crack cocaine” has become a meaningless metaphor, showing only that the person making the statement feels it is important. But then we knew that Rep. Goodlatte, Rep. Leach and Sen. Kyl felt that the issue was important or they wouldn’t have brought the proposed legislation forward.

In the next article, I will continue coverage of the issues raised by politicians who are against online gambling, and provide a different perspective to their rhetoric, covering the “drain on the economy” caused by online gambling, and the notion of money laundering.

Baseball Gambling

Sports’ betting has always been popular, and has shot up in popularity with the spread of the Internet. It’s now much easier for individuals to find the information that is needed to place an informed bet on the outcome of a game. Those who like baseball gambling know that baseball is one of those sports where more is needed to place a bet then just looking at the records of a team.

In baseball gambling you’re often dealing with a situation where any team can beat any other team. To make an informed bet you need to look at all of the possible factors that might influence the outcome of the game. These include any injuries to key players, the records of starting pitchers, whether key hitters are in a batting slump, and many other factors. This information used to be primarily available to baseball insiders, but now experts are willing to share the information with anyone that’s into baseball gambling.

There’s no doubt an expert can help. A good baseball gambling expert can provide you with the hottest betting trends and keep you up on the latest line so you know who to bet on and how and where to bet. In other words, your odds are greatly increased when you do your baseball gambling with the help of the odds makers themselves. Sports’ betting is fun and exciting and with the right knowledge at your finger tips it can be lucrative. You won’t win all of the time, but by using expert advice you can greatly improve your chances.