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Wounded Veterans and Addiction

Members of the military returning home from combat have high rates of substance abuse and addiction. Wounded soldiers and veterans are exposed to serious physical and psychological trauma and injury that can influence their desire to abuse drugs or alcohol in order to combat symptoms of pain. Wounded veterans are susceptible to a number of different injuries and conditions that can cause them persistent, repetitive, chronic, lingering and excruciating pain. A major problem specific to wounded...

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How Does the Internet Affect Process Addiction?

The internet is an integral part of our communication, entertainment, shopping, and education today. However, there is also a close relationship between addiction and the internet. The internet offers information at high speed, with flexibility, anonymity, and easy accessibility to a diverse range of entertainment mediums. These attributes make it easier for people to escape their problems and to fulfill all their needs. Internet and Process Addiction With process addictions, people do not...

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Understanding Gambling Cravings

Cravings (whether for gambling, food, drugs or shopping) are a desire to return to a particular behavior, and they can range from being mild to extremely intense. Depending on where you are in the recovery process, you may experience cravings frequently or sporadically. Why Do People Have Cravings When people become mentally or physically dependent on something, they establish a desire. In this case, a person becomes dependent on gambling for any of the following reasons: Having an emotional...

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Isolation and Gambling Addiction

Isolation can encourage a gambling addiction, but it may also result from an addiction. Some people choose to isolate themselves, but others suffer isolation due to uncontrollable factors. Either way, isolation can bring a great deal of loneliness, boredom and malcontent, which can push people to abuse behaviors like gambling. This activity can attract lonely people who unwillingly live in isolation. People can gamble either by themselves or with others. The risks of gambling can excite...

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How Not to Enable a Gambler

For many people gambling is a psychological disease: addicts simply cannot resist their urges to wager, even when it destroys their family, finances and self-respect. Many compulsive gamblers must hit rock bottom before they admit to their problem and seek help. Friends and loved ones often inadvertently enable a gambling addict, which means harmful behaviors continue longer than they must. If addicts are ever to appreciate the pain they cause through this disease, they must face the facts of...

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Dissociative Personality Disorder and Gambling Addiction

Dissociative personality disorder is a common mental disorder, and when it occurs at the same time as gambling addiction, results can be traumatic. Gambling addiction is a severe problem on its own that can cost you your life’s savings, your family, and your job, but when you add in a mental disorder like dissociative personality disorder it can be even more problematic. People that attempt to treat dissociative personality disorder and gambling addiction on their own often relapse and make...

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