Casinos are designed to encourage the brain to make poor decisions. There are no clocks, fresh oxygen is circulated to help the brain feel awake, and alcohol is readily available. All of the sounds of machines ringing, the bright colors, coins dropping isn’t coincidence. Everything is designed on a specific algorithm to help patrons spend more money. All of these little triggers can become devastating to a gambling addict. Like a recovering alcoholic driving past the liquor store or the bar, a gambling addict might be triggered driving past signs for a casino, a freeway exit to the race track, and more.
Gambling In The Family
Addiction and alcoholism are said to be family diseases because once someone develops and addiction, everyone is affected. The same philosophy applies to gambling addiction. Troubled relationships, lying, hiding, stealing, and most of the maladaptive behaviors of substance addiction apply to gambling addiction.
Gambling Addiction And Substance Addiction
A majority of gambling addicts have co-occurring problems with alcohol, which might be why the two issues present themselves so identically. Alcohol is available almost everywhere gambling and betting takes place. When gambling becomes severe and the stakes are high, gambling addicts turn to alcohol as a way to cope with their stress, enhancing both problems.
Gambling addiction is a problem in Canada. If you are struggling with an inability to control your gambling, help is available. Aurora Recovery Center is a dual diagnosis treatment program welcoming those who seek recovery. For information on how we can help you heal your gambling and alcohol addiction, call 844-515-STOP.