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The National Association of Bariatric Nurses (NABN)


The National Association of Bariatric Nurses was formed in 2004 out of a
recognized need for the nursing profession to dedicate resources, knowledge, and research towards improving the life and nursing care of people suffering from obesity.


2006 National Conference
November 11th, 12th, 13th

Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia


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What to do when your gambling addiction goes overboard

I've witnessed many homes getting destroyed, husbands separating from their wives, children being separating from their parents, and ending up in the foster care system, people losing their jobs as a result of compulsive gambling (aka gambling addiction). This is going to be one of the most compelling articles I've written in a while since it came from a part of my heart that's scarred from witnessing different scenarios. What baffles me the most is how this condition keeps going under the radar –, and everyone's now pretending as if to say that everything is fine. Well, we all know that things aren't beautiful. If you currently live in a home presently experiencing the adverse effects of this compulsive behavior, then you can easily relate to it.

It's no breaking news the number of people that have been affected directly or indirectly. In fact, it is estimated that more than 1.6 billion people gamble yearly. Unfortunately, people with compulsive addiction have this seemingly unquenchable craving for gambling that's only usually temporarily triggered by higher and frequent bets goes overboard. If you are currently dealing with this seemingly harmless evil, financial troubles, work issues, relationship woes that often accompany casino addiction, the crucial thing to do is to hope.

Yes! I know 'hope' sounds farfetched, but that's the beginning of your journey to redemption. We need not talk about what gambling addiction is since we've talked about it in some of my previous pieces. It is time to go further than this - which is why I came up with these series – like articles to give you detailed steps and solutions to everything.

Hey! it is not the time to start feeling ashamed for struggling with such a condition. You need to realize that you are not alone, and there are lots of other people out there going through a similar crisis right now. If getting things back to normal is what you want – just like everybody else who's battling it too, you need to understand what you are dealing with, which is why the first step to recover involves understanding that compulsive gambling is indeed an addiction. Road to Recovery – First Phase (Understanding what you are dealing with).

Once upon a time, gambling was considered a compulsive behavior; even though this is right, scientists now believe that it is way more than just your regular compulsive behavior. It is now referred to as an addiction since it gives off the same features as drug addiction would. Safe to say that we are dealing with an addiction and not just a compulsive behavior. You'd ask why? The biological process that's triggered in the brain generates the same excitement as well as a sense of accomplishment – we talked about this natural process in our previous articles.

At a point, experts thought addiction was a dependence on consuming (in any shape or form) a substance. That seemed to have changed over the years as a scientist now believes that addiction is the subconscious feeling of being locked in the pursuit of a rewarding experience even when the effects are adversely apparent and are threatening to the physical and mental wellbeing of that person. At that point, it seems like you are no longer in charge of your actions. The people responsible for studying gambling thought it wasn't a real addiction only because it didn't feel like the traditional substance that could lead to a habit because it wasn't something you ingested and, more importantly, because they thought it wasn't a 'chemical.' But scientists now understand that it's not about ingesting any chemical but having the potency to alter the brain just as drug addiction does.

What happens to your mind when you gamble?

When a gambler triggers that reward system at first, there is a rush of euphoria, but after this system is triggered regularly, the brain starts to adapt to it (the excess dopamine). Now the dark art of addiction states that to feel that intense pleasure, there need to be more stimuli. In this case, what do you do? Those who've interestingly found a haven will start to think that they can fill that gap by betting more or just taking riskier bets. The reason this behavior becomes difficult to turn off is that it is attached to the part of our brain that's responsible for controlling our impulsive behavior. That is why it's a lot harder to break an addiction, especially gambling.

Road to Recovery – Second Phase (Identifying what put you at risk).

If you want to know whether or not you are a gambling addict, you need to start by pointing out some of the factors that may put you at risk of having a gambling addiction. We will highlight some of the characteristics of someone who becomes addicted to gambling. It doesn't matter if you don't have any of these characteristics, you still have to learn them in case you are close to someone who is giving off these characteristics.

  • Young/middle-aged.
  • Your loved one has gambling problems.
  • Male.
  • You are taking drugs for restless legs syndrome.
  • You are very competitive.
  • You are easily bored or restless.
  • You are battling mental health disorders such as:
  • Anxiety
  • Personality Disorder.
  • Substance Abuse.
  • Depression.
  • ADHD
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
  • Bipolar Disorder.

The factors name above might put you in 'arms way' (metaphorically speaking), customers who are currently exposed to these factors know that its just a matter of time if proper changes are not made. Just a simple fact, did you know your reward system releases over 10 times as much dopamine as it would normally. Remember, it's not good to stay quiet when something of this magnitude is going on in one's life. First of all, one of the things you need to do is explained in the second part of this piece. If you've got questions, feel free to reach out to us.

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