A Practical Plan for Surviving Gambling Addiction

A Complete Guide for Gambling Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Gambling Addiction

Chapter 3


This chapter defines in detail the little-known ten-day detox period that addicted gamblers go through after a long gambling session. The detox period for gamblers is similar to detox for stimulant abuse. The gambler needs to be aware of how their decision-making skills are compromised during this period.


Articles and Websites:

Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Withdrawal (from Algamus.org website)
Web search terms: Algamus symptoms of gambling withdrawal

Overview of the symptoms and duration of gambling withdrawal.
Quote: “The gambling withdrawal period often results in a flood of symptoms that can result in extreme emotional lows.”

Stimulant Withdrawal and Detox (from the Addiction Center website)
Web search terms: stimulant withdrawal and detox

This is an excellent overview of stimulant (cocaine, meth, amphetamines, etc.) withdrawal symptoms and timelines. Many gambling therapists (and me too) believe gambling withdrawal symptoms (primarily slot machine gambling) are very similar to stimulant withdrawal.
Quote: “The psychological withdrawal from stimulants can be especially severe, leading some former users to relapse, others may even become suicidal or violent.”

Dopamine Deficiency: What you need to know (from Medicalnewstoday website)
Web search terms: Dopamine deficiency

I believe that during withdrawal, slot machine addicts experience dopamine deficiency in the same way that drug abusers do during withdrawal (disclaimer: there is no data/study/literature that asserts (or denies) this. My opinion only.). This article explains all the aspects of dopamine deficiency.
Quote: “Supplements to boost levels of vitamin D, magnesium, and omega-3 essential fatty acids may also help to raise dopamine levels, but there needs to be more research into whether this is effective. Activities that make a person feel happy and relaxed are also thought to increase dopamine levels. These may include exercise, therapeutic massage, and meditation.”

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