What does gambling have to do with the survival skills once necessary to cave men? It turns out that the same decision-making strategies that in the past were employed by early humans are behind the choices made at gaming tables by modern humans. Hunter-gatherers survived by learning from experience. Daily decisions were guided by the outcomes of the days and weeks before. (more…)
The hardest part about beating an addiction is taking oneself out of the familiar surroundings that can trigger an unwanted behavior. The prevalence of casinos is making those who are fighting a gambling addiction face obstacles that they can’t beat far too often. (more…)
Growing up, we’re taught to see the good and to never give up. It starts as toddlers with The Little Engine That Could, “I think I can…I think I can.” But experts say that, for some people, too much optimism might be a bad thing. (more…)
Las Vegas and Atlantic City used to be hot spots for gambling. These days, the Internet offers more gambling options than ever before with possibilities ranging from purchasing lottery tickets and playing the slots to placing bets through poker or roulette. (more…)
Some addiction experts believe that much of the initiation of an addiction problem is in pursuit of medicating a problem. For instance, individuals with mental health issues often have an increased likelihood of substance use problems because they are attempting to self-medicate the symptoms of depression or anxiety. (more…)
Naltrexone is a pill being used effectively in treating alcoholics who wish to curb their addiction. It is now being considered in treating gamblers in Australia as well. (more…)
Young boys who can’t sit still in class may be showing signs of the same lack of control that leads to problem gambling in later years, says a new study.
College gambling is often an unseen addiction, affecting thousands of college or university students. It can drive them to academic failure, financial ruin or even contemplations of suicide.
A recent article tells the story of the talented, intelligent student whose father tried to help as soon as he discovered his son’s excessive gambling habit. The story’s pivotal moment occurred when the son robbed a bank to feed his gambling addiction, ending up with nearly two years in jail.
What started out with college poker nights ended up with a full-blown addiction, with the student in his 20s spending at least 12 hours each day making bets and engaging in online gambling. He isn’t alone, with experts estimating that a minimum of six percent of students at universities or colleges in America have compulsive or addictive gambling behaviors. Accessibility is one factor in the rise of addictive gambling, with students playing with friends at all hours or accessing online games day and night.
Parents and students may feel the habit isn’t harmful or risky, and may not even realize an addiction has set in before serious, life-long consequences are seen. It’s not just table card playing that is attracting students anymore; many addictions are linked to excessive lottery use and placing bets around sporting events. Others become hooked through online gaming sites.
Experts theorize the student lifestyle of setting one’s own schedule and frequent socializing may also be factors in growing levels of gambling addiction. Less than one-fourth of colleges and universities have a formal policy in place toward gambling, and many parents living elsewhere may never know their child is hooked on gambling until financial ruin, plummeting grades and even problems with alcohol or drug abuse are evident.
With 50,000 students believed to have gambling habits that are problematic in the U.S., experts encourage universities to work harder to identify and prevent the situation before it escalates – and to have resources available for helping students recover.
Ohio voted to green light four new casinos around the state this year. Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Toledo are all home to new gambling venues. The state also approved new video lottery machines at more than a half dozen race tracks. The decision to expand gambling in the state has gone hand in hand with efforts to monitor gambling’s impact and provide for gambling addiction services. (more…)
When we hear the words "gambling addiction" we think of someone sitting at the casino, blowing through her paycheck in the hopes of scoring the next big jackpot, but maybe we’ve got it all wrong. In fact, new research suggests that problematic gambling has very little to do with money. (more…)