There’s nothing coincidental or happenstance about the design of a casino. The bright colors, flowing alcohol, fresh oxygen, lack of time-telling devices- all of it has been scrutinously planned and researched. The sounds of coins dropping, machines rollings, winning, and losing, it all meant to stimulate your brain. Gambling addiction is considered a process addiction or a non-substance behavior addiction. Since there is no singular substance which is absorbed into the bloodstream and thereby transported to the brain to cause an addiction to gambling, it doesn’t act quite the same as a substance addiction. However, many of the components are similar. For example, there is matters of impulse, compulsion, obsessive thoughts. Gamblers often act in reckless, risky, non-consequential behaviors. Should there be the risk of losing a wife, a job, a car, a home, a limb, or another large amount of money, a gambling addict will still gamble. Dopamine is produced from the thrill of gambling. Many gamblers even develop a tolerance. Small time bets during poker night with friends can quickly become obsessions with sports tournaments or even illegal activities like underground fights. The stakes have to become higher and as they do, the stakes in a gambling addict’s personal life becomes higher as well.
It starts with the first moment someone is lured into the act of gambling, like playing the slot machines. Some gambling addicts report feeling as though they slipped into a trance when they entered the casino. Blinded by the lights and bewitched by the sounds, hours disappeared, as well did the amount of digits in their bank accounts. According to Science Daily, new research at the Centre for Gambling Research at the University Of British Columbia, reveals that “gamblers who feel like they enter into a trance while playing slot machines are more likely to have gambling problems.”
The term “slot-machine zone” is the one given to that psychological hold the machines create on players. Slot machines are one of the most popular ways to gamble, the researchers explain, and are also one of the most popular ways people find themselves sliding into gambling addiction. The research found an indisputable link which indicates a way to regulate slot machine design to make messages of addiction warnings more visible.
Don’t throw the rest of your life away with the next roll of the dice. Recovery from gambling addiction is possible. Aurora Recovery Centre is here to light the way. For information on our residential treatment programs for gambling addiction and co occurring disorders like alcoholism, call 844-515-STOP.