Canadian Scientists Researching Drug to Fight Gambling Addiction

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.

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4 February 2017 - 12:00am
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Well, we all would like one of those right?

Part me that I'm sceptic but I've always been like that and beside I just doesn't believe in magic piles...at least for now.
Yes the human brain is still very much undiscovered area even for the Canadian Scientists I guess and probably it's possible a medicament to influence our mind in a certain way to dull a certain desire but could that be considered as a drugging? And if it is, is it right to take drugs to dull any addictions of ours, not just gambling. I don't know about that, and could that pill be addictive? Maybe we would need another pill to prevent the addiction to that in future Smile

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Naltrexone is actually a "nice" drug that is used for many things. I have used it myself, for doing medicaments of a certain type work better. It is like the swiss knife of medicine.

When it comes to taking medicaments to help on addiction, I believe it is a good thing. Life can be a hell for addicted people, and if something can make it better, it should be welcomed. But there must ofcorse be something mesuring the risk vs reward on all drugs. A while back I tested a medicament that was supposed to help me stop smoking. It worked very well, after a few weks on those pills I could not stand the taste of sigarettes, and I smoked 30 a day for 20 years before that. But the problem came when the "cure" was over. After I stopped using the pill I got right back to the same abstinences as I would have had by not using the pill at all. So in the end it was just a few hundred Euros wasted on medicaments that gave me no result other than keeping me off the sigarettes the few weks I used them...

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and I smoked 30 a day for 20 years before that

It's like I wrote that, I've had the same exact experience with the cigarettes and I was a smoker for the past 20 years..quitting was a real nightmare..especially the abstinence..I didn’t use any medicaments or drugs Wink beside a nicotine gum. I'm still clear but I doubt it would last forever..anyway about that pill..I don't know, if it has just a temporary effect..is it worth it, literally? after all it's also an expensive one..still could repress the symptoms I guess but is that a long term solution when you're addicted?

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6 February 2017 - 6:28am
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If it works or even helps in some way, then this is great news. But I think people are often looking for easy instant cures to their problems instead of putting in the effort needed to undo something that has probably built up over many years. No matter what you're addicted to be it gambling, TV, internet, drinking, eating, games, shopping, cigarettes, whatever - you have to really want to quit and if your mind is not 100% committed to overcoming the problem then no magic cure is going to work.

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7 February 2017 - 2:07am
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Yes I think you're right Ed, we often seems to look for an easy way instead of dealing with those issues, and it's just in a human nature I think, although I could be addicted to half of yours list Thumb Up probably need a horse-drench of these pills Vicious But I'm still sceptic that this is a long term solution after the initial effect from the drug passed by...

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7 February 2017 - 8:02pm
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Unfortunately I don't think this will help. People who are addicted will find a way to gamble, but I am interested to see how this will work out in reality, who knows, maybe it can help.