My opinion: I find it interesting that some people don't think that gambling is a mental addiction. People are known to be chemically addicted to smoking and alcohol, but there is no chemical intake when gambling, so for this reason, it may be more difficult to consider it as an addiction, as with television and computer games. But doing certain activities, especially for a long time, may change the chemical structure of the brain, too. I'm glad that this vitamin is readily accessible, probably safe, and helpful. But I still wonder if there are other medications that may be even more effective. Also, as with many other mental disorders, a pill cannot change everything. It is important to remember that addicted gamblers need to be educated of the tactics used against them by the casinos, and some may even need psychological therapy. Until we develop a more descriptive layout of the affected brain parts, then a wholesome type of therapy may be the best option. Are there other pills that have been shown to work better? And what are the legal aspects involved? Should casinos be forced to limit gambling? Feel free to comment.
Anti-Gambling Pill Shows Promise
June 20, 2013 5:19 PM
Reporting Sandra McNeill
University of Chicago Psychiatry Professor Dr. John Grant says an all natural vitamin found at most health foods stores is showing promise.
Grant has studied the brain of addicts and found that when people become hooked on gambling.
“There are parts of the brain that are, for lack of a better word, hijacked. These parts of the brain involve the way that we make decisions, the way that we process risk and reward,” Grant told Sandra McNeil.
In particular, he said, “We have a natural reward center in the brain that gets very revved up. Once it gets hooked on something, it’s keeps kind of saying to us, if you will, keep doing it, keep doing it. It’s beyond what most people’s drive would be.”
Grant said that a natural vitamin called N-acetyl cysteine has been shown to quiet that part of the brain.
How many people will it help?
“We recently did a study sponsored by the National Institute of Health looking at that,” said Grant. “And we had earlier done some research on it. And it helps a majority of people.”