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Apr 12, 2019

The Difference Between a Gambling Problem and Gambling for Fun

When does gambling go from being entertaining fun & games to a destructive obsession?

The short answer is when a person keeps gambling even after it stops being fun. Too much of just about anything can become a problem. Gambling is no different. It may seem counterintuitive, but pathological gamblers can get that “high” feeling even when they lose. They begin chasing losses just as one might expect a gambler to chase wins.

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Apr 11, 2019

8 Signs Your Loved One Has a Gambling Problem

Everyone faces difficult or tempting situations from time to time. It is how a person responds to a situation or a stressor that defines a pathological disorder. Like many addictive behaviors, the problem with gambling addiction isn’t the gambling itself – it’s how an individual responds to the gambling activity.

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Apr 2, 2019

How to Avoid the Temptation of March Madness While in Recovery

March offers a terrible temptation for people with compulsive gambling behaviors or a diagnosed gambling addiction. Whether you are currently in treatment for gambling addiction or are in recovery, March Madness has the potential to become a major problem.

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Jan 17, 2019

Tips For Avoiding Sports Betting Ahead of Super Bowl 2019

Super Bowl 2019 is looming on the horizon, and with it the ever present temptation to place a bet. As most people in sports betting know, the Super Bowl can be a challenging time for somebody in recovery from gambling.

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Jan 14, 2019

How to Achieve Your Gambling New Year Resolutions

The New Year is a great time for a fresh start, allowing you to old habits behind and commit to a healthier, more balanced future. However, using sheer will power to succeed might not be enough. To keep yourself on the right track, you need the right tools and support. With a good support system in place, relapses become easier to avoid or recover from. All of the following can help:

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Nov 16, 2018

Succeeding with Gambling Recovery

Though gambling withdrawal can be a challenging process it is important to remember that it’s an unavoidable part of recovery and the rewards outweigh the experience. If you are mentally prepared for withdrawal you can flourish during your recovery.

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Oct 3, 2018

Celebrating 25 Years of Successful Gambling Treatment

2018 is a special year for Algamus — it’s our 25th anniversary. As we reflect on this milestone we look back at how far we have come, the relationships that have been restored, lives that have been transformed and friendships that we have created along the way.  

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Aug 6, 2018

Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Withdrawal

Just like chemical substance addictions, those suffering from compulsive gambling disorder can go through serious withdrawal. Identifying the signs and symptoms of gambling withdrawal can help you manage them. Studies on behavioral addictions have found that there are a range of different withdrawal symptoms. These are grouped as either physical symptoms or emotional symptoms. You might experience some, all, or none of the symptoms listed here. 

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Jul 11, 2018

When Gambling Treatment Doesn’t Work

Our clients arrive at Algamus in various stages of resistance or acceptance to our residential treatment process. Some are accepting the severity of their gambling disorder and this can make them extremely motivated to continue the program. 

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Jul 6, 2018

Is Crypto Trading Addictive?

Trading cryptocurrencies has become a way for many people to make money. Much like day trading, buying in the dips and selling at the peaks can result in some good returns. The volatile market and changing regulations make this form of currency trading very lucrative for some people but can result in devastating losses for others. The highs and lows of crypto trading can stimulate dopamine release which can contribute to a compulsive behavior disorder – also known as behavioral addiction.

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