Glamorous tales abound of high-rollers losing millions in a night, but the sad truth is most gambling addicts go bankrupt one scratch card at a time.
“They would be better served if they were candid and admitted it was a choice they made,” said John Helzer, Washoe County Assistant District Attorney.
“I think everyone has experienced a moment of extreme excitement like when they watched their child score a goal, catch a fish or they won a jackpot, but I don’t see any soccer moms out there committing crimes saying their rise in endorphins made them do it,” he said.
Carol O’Hare executive director for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling and a recovered gambling addict, said pathological (compulsive) gamblers who don’t seek treatment have the potential to commit crimes to support their habits or to pay back what they’ve stolen.
She said gambling can be an addiction and mental disorder, not a moral decision, that needs the same treatment and consideration as drug or alcohol addictions. Some also can become suicidal.
A title-winning football coach who police say repeatedly pawned school property resigned Thursday as the president of the Texas High School Coaches Association, saying he has a gambling addiction and is seeking help.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – In a study of pathological gamblers, the urge to gamble and gambling-related behaviors diminished among those who took naltrexone — a drug frequently prescribed for the treatment of alcoholism and drug dependence.
More and more we’re discovering that addictions are neurologically related. It has always amazed me how some are reluctant to admit that the mechanisms that make it possible for us to function as humans also have a strong influence on aberrant behavior.