The bullet passes through the brain at such high velocity that it sends a shock wave to the brain,” Alexander said
Pathological gambling addiction is surprisingly common in the US, afflicting as many as 3.4 percent of all adults. Like other addictions, it is highly disabling both to the individual and to society, often leading to suicide, job loss, and criminal behavior. It affects more men than women and can become worse over time.
Scientists have found that a wide range of drugs can be effective for treating this disorder in the short term, including Naltrexone, used to treat alcohol addiction. Now, psychiatrist Prof. Pinhas Dannon of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine is recommending an extended treatment regimen for optimal results.
For best success in kicking the gambling habit, Prof. Dannon says, drug therapy with Naltrexone should last for at least two years and be complemented with other treatments, including group therapy. Prof. Dannon presented preliminary results from his new clinical findings at the EPA 2011: 19th European Congress of Psychiatry this March.
Two years to stick
Earlier studies reported that after six months of treatment, a majority of the gamblers would not go back to gambling. Prof. Dannon believes that a longer course of treatment is more effective.
“The initial results were too optimistic,” Prof. Dannon said.