Dopamine Agonists-Cure or Cause? Vol. 7, Issue 7

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Dopamine Agonists-Cure or Cause? Vol. 7, Issue 7

Post by tammy rigsby » Wed Jun 24, 2009 12:27 pm

People with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease or Restless Leg Syndrome are often prescribed medications called Dopamine Agonists. These disorders cause the receptors in the brain to slow down the process or stop naturally creating these chemicals which are part of the “feel good” center of the brain. When Dopamine is created, the tremors and negative effects of these disorders are alleviated. By medically “jump starting” this process of creating Dopamine, the side effects can be detrimental to the patient. Compulsive behavior stems from this area of the brain and people on these medications such as Requip or Mirapex can begin to develop behavior such as compulsive gambling. The loss of control that these medications can cause is often overlooked because the symptoms of the disorder are lessened. This can lead to serious ramifications before the person realizes how much damage has been created by this behavior. Simply, people who have these disorders are less likely to be a compulsive gambler because of the decreased amounts of Dopamine in their system, but once placed on these medications, they are 8 times more likely to develop a compulsive gambling problem than individuals not taking this type of drug. If you feel that your gambling is out of control and you are prescribed these types of medications, or if you know someone who has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for workbooks, resources and referrals that can help.

Statistics of Problem Gamblers
-In Florida problem gamblers on dopamine agonists lost on average 50% or more money than other problem gamblers ($159,000 to $103,000)
-Had 4 times the amount of suicidal ideations or attempts
-Were more apt to commit illegal acts
-Were more apt to be older adults (55+)
-Had almost 3 times the rate of bankruptcy than other problem gamblers

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Preoccupation with Gambling
Risking Relationships
Gambling to Escape
Relying on Bailouts
Increasing Bets to Sustain Thrill
Concealing Activity
Loss of Control
Chasing Losses
Illegal Activities
Agitated when Stopping or Cutting Back

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America Anonymous
Benoit Lewis

Gambling in America
Earl L. Grinols

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-236-4848 for information and resources.


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