Scientists in Alberta, Canada have revealed that they're working on a drug that can be used to help gambling addicts control their urges.
The drug being worked on is Naltrexone, which is used to treat urges in those addicted to drinking and taking opioids, as the drug controls the good chemical feeling put out by the brain when the urge is satisfied. Speaking about the research University of Lethbridge professor Darren Christensen said, "This is a treatment that could be successful, especially if you have a high urge to gamble and that is not going away from counselling or whatever other types of treatment you're using."
Those in the study will take the medicine as well as undergo a series of MRIs, which will allow scientists to track the changes in their brains.
Those who're serving as test subjects note that they've seen some success. Problem gambler Craig Munro said that gambling ruined his life, but that he's seen some success under the medicine. "I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders," he said.