Origin And Prevention Of Gambling Addiction
It has been said that every addiction is an attempt to establish an intimate relationship. That is the reason that we sometimes see that people are sensitive to developing addictions, sometimes alternating them. It is not so much the addiction, but an addiction that must be held on to in order to maintain the appearance of control. People can be addicted to alcohol, drink, sex, relationships, but also to gambling. What do these things actually have in common and how do those addictions arise.
Addictions are born with the great illusion of control. The misunderstanding that usually causes people to go wrong. People addicted to relationships, for example, have the illusion that they can manipulate the other; that they can influence the other person’s behavior to their advantage. This is usually based on a great fear of abandonment.
And there we have it again, the correlation with the intimate relationship. In the case of sex addictions and alcohol and drugs, there is a complicating factor at play and that is the impact it has on the brain. Especially with alcohol addictions, neurological connections are made that ensure that people no longer have control over themselves. Drink is one of the most persistent addictions to get rid of.
Other needs and desires that are being fulfilled, or at least temporarily fulfilled in people with addiction, is the feeling of immortality and the distraction. Usually we see a great tendency among addiction-sensitive people to strongly rationalize life as such. All that thinking can be very tiring and distort reality. People who are sensitive to addictions like to be distracted very much, and what makes for a better distraction than, yes, an addiction.
In the case of gambling addiction, the player often has a strong sense of invincibility. Gambling addiction develops in some cases in people who have initially suffered a loss. They want to make up for something and have the feeling that this is possible with every turn.
Gambling addiction or pathological gambling is also described as a mental illness under impulse control category. It is therefore no coincidence that young people are more at risk of developing an addiction. The brains of young people are still developing and can easily be disrupted. A gambling addict cannot resist his urge to gamble. The need will soon take on a very compulsive character.
People who develop an addiction to gambling often keep the behavior secret. At first, they deny themselves that there is a problem. Only when the addict notices that the behavior can no longer be controlled does it lead to problems. We’ve all heard of the term beginner’s luck. This can lead to overconfidence in the sensitive gambler who keeps hoping that luck will be on his side.