Brain cells rearrange and change themselves every day to accommodate for directions to work in a new city, injury, disease, an abusive environment, a new and prosperous job. So, too, does the brain make accommodations for alcohol dependency. Neuroadaption to alcohol occurs in the same way that adaption of the human brain to any other experience that is repeated. As with all phenomena of the brain, there is no direct alteration that “causes people to crave alcohol.” Instead, the adaptation is very complex, often worsened by preexisting mental conditions. [Read more…]
New Study Shows Fish Oil Protects Against Brain Damage Caused by Alcohol Abuse
Among the many harmful effects alcohol has on the body, brain damage and dementia are at the top. A new study shows fish oil protects against brain damage caused by alcohol abuse. This study was published July 16, 2014, in the PLOS ONE journal. The study was conducted by Michael A. Collins, PhD, Edward J. Neafsey, PhD, and additional colleagues at Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. They also collaborated with the University of Kentucky and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
10 Million Alaska-bound Drug Ring Bust Yields Massive Seizures and Arrests
So much has been seen and read in regard to addiction involving alcohol and drugs that gambling is often placed on the back burner. After all it is not something that is sold illicitly, nor can it make anyone but the victim feel its debilitating effects. With that being said, it must still be noted that gambling is as much an addiction as drugs and alcohol.
What many people do not realize is that gambling can have other victims tied into the one that is afflicted. If a person is married with children it is often reported that the hard core addict will spend an entire weeks income at a casino leaving family members without basic essentials such as food and utilities. The gambler is aware of this and will despise the suffering they are putting loved ones through, but the pull to gamble is stronger than their responsibilities. Besides, they have won before and can do so again thereby alleviating these family related problems. The end result is a never ending vicious cycle where much more is lost than what is gained.
Newspapers and magazines have brought this addiction to the forefront and enlightened the general public on the addiction of gambling and its causes. For many it is the adrenaline rush that accompanies the first few wins. That can lead to the feeling that if they can win a little they can win a lot. They are unable to grasp the known fact that casinos are the only real winners in the game of gambling.
Other known factors in the gambler’s personality are those that involve dealing with things such as loneliness, boredom, or lack of social skills. They may have just gone through a divorce, or perhaps the kids have all left home, and gambling fills these voids. Many escape the pain of this distress by entering the world of gambling. The new options of gambling from home via computer allow many to keep their addiction hidden for long periods of time. Yet whether from home or the high of casino activity, the addiction will lead to an abyss of deep despair that many cannot escape from without intervention.
Like all addictions there is no easy solution to the addiction of gambling. As it has been said with other problems, the habit may have to be dealt with on a ‘one day at a time’ basis. They have to find a completely new circle of friends than the ones made at casinos. Perhaps the computer will have to be taken out of the home. These are just a few of the number of things a person can do in the line of self-help but for many the urge is too strong to quit on their own. These people need the assistance of professional aid if they are going to beat the addiction that has been proven to be relentless. Luckily, there are treatment centers which specialize in gambling addiction.
The next time you come across an article that explains the problems associated with gambling addiction do yourself a favor and read that article too. Get as educated about this serious problem as possible. You just may begin to see that a close friend, family member, or even you, have fallen into the intense pull of gambling addiction.
New Mexico’s Drunk Deputy Kills Partner in a Heated Argument
As if the job of being a police officer is not dangerous enough, now they have to worry about their partners harming them. It was reported that shots had been fired around midnight or early into the morning of October 28th, in Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Apparently, this is the hotel the two officers decided to stay at after they transported a prisoner to Safford, Arizona.
Drugs and the Effects on the Brain: How do Drugs Affect the Brain?
In a drug-free state, we feel pleasure when we indulge in life-sustaining activities like eating, having sex, sleeping, giving birth, and earning money. Neurotransmitters like dopamine, endorphins, and other chemicals are released into the brain when we perform those activities and they make us feel good. The pleasurable feelings become associated with the life-sustaining activities and we’re motivated to repeat those activities to feel more pleasure.