Addictions: The Sore Wound of Society

Rehab Dynamics, Inc. was formed in 1996 by Maureen Kane-Wineland, Ph.D.,OT/L and Ann Nagle, P.T. after they noticed a lack of private therapy services in the greater Toledo area focusing on children. We currently are located in West Toledo off of U.S. 23 where we have a 6,000 sq ft. building that allows us to provide individual/groups programs. In this short article, we discuss addiction in general terms as well as provide some thoughts on gambling addiction.

Addiction in General

  • Addiction is unpredictable—it can happen to anyone at any time
  • Many addicts suffer from co-occurring disorders, meaning they have an addiction alongside at least one other mental health condition
  • Relapse happens to many people during recovery
  • Addiction is a disease that is completely treatable
  • About 88,000 people die each year in the U.S. from alcohol-related issues.
  • More than 10,000 people die each yeAddictions can cause severe issues to all parties involved; addictions are never a victimless crimear from driving accidents involving alcohol.
  • Alcohol drinking can interfere with normal physical development for children and teens.

Hard Facts on Gambling Addiction

Problem gambling (or ludomania, but usually referred to as "gambling addiction" or "compulsive gambling") is an urge to gamble continuously despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is often defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others rather than by the gambler's behaviour. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling.

Gambling is a diverse activity, so different types of gambling addiction exist as well. It is not always obvious when someone is addicted to gambling. Contrary to popular belief, the act of gambling is not restricted to slot machines, cards and casinos. Purchasing a lottery ticket, entering a raffle or making a bet with friends are also forms of gambling.

A gambling addiction or problem is often associated with other behavior or mood disorders. Many problem gamblers also suffer with substance abuse issues, unmanaged ADHD, stress, depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. To overcome your gambling problems, you’ll also need to address these and any other underlying causes as well.

In the past, the psychiatric community regarded pathological gambling as more of a compulsion than an addiction—a behavior primarily motivated by the need to relieve anxiety than a craving for intense pleasure. In the 1980s, while updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) officially classified pathological gambling as an impulse-control disorder.

As with all addictions, the severity of the problem varies from person to person, and there's no set pattern for when addicts gamble or the medium they use. Keith Whyte, executive director of the NCPG, says that men tend to prefer sports betting and competitive skill-based games, while women are more likely to play the slot machines or bingo.

Find something to replace your gambling. Exercise, go shopping, go out with friends, or do some cooking. You can also rent a movie, listen to some music, or do some reading — do whatever it takes to keep yourself busy. You could pick up a new, exciting hobby, like bike racing or climbing or welding.

Of course, remember – few if any addictions are truly dangerous to people who know their limits. As with many things of life, addictions are complex. Being on guard and having vigilence over one's thoughts and limits is a good safeguard against going overboard. If you want to play live roulette online at, feel free; after all, stopping after a couple of games never hurty anyone. So, pick your favorite game, and let the fun roll in. It is all you deserve after a hard's day work, right?