Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction.

Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction.


Lake Worth, FL


Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction. Some years back i got a call from a man seeking help for gambling addiction. He said i am on a pill for Parkinson disease and became a compulsive gambler. I thought what bull this is. Then i started to get lots of calls ,e mail,and have seen in person people with the same story. Right now i am working to help a man with a gambling addiction who never gambled before taking the pill for his Parkinson problem and in the last 2 years has lost over $200,000. Patients with Parkinson’s disease are about five times more likely to become problem or pathological gamblers than others, concludes a new Canadian study that offers some of the most dramatic evidence to date of the unusual link. In a paper just published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, they urge that all Parkinson’s patients now be screened for possible gambling problems, and monitored through the course of their treatment. Scientists theorize that the problem is caused by drugs that counter the shortage of dopamine in Parkinson’s patients’ brains, the main cause of their symptoms. As well as managing movement and balance, the chemical influences the pleasure and reward centres of the brain, perhaps encouraging such compulsive behaviour as gambling. A popular medication used to control tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome has caused people to get addicted to gambling addiction. Dopamine agonist works by mimicking the effects of this neurotransmitter. Parkinson’s Disease occurs because of a lack of dopamine in certain areas of the brain. Dopamine helps people control their movements and increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Dopamine agonists are powerful drugs, and can drastically alter brain chemistry. For example, dopamine is known to produce a “rush” in the brain of people who are anticipating a reward or excitement. Many experts believe that such a biochemical reaction is behind the reports of compulsive behavior linked to these drugs. THIS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR RESEARCHERS TO LOOK AT TO GET SOME UNDERSTADING OF THE GAMBLING ADDICTION. ARNIE WEXLER CCGC ASWEXLER@AOL.COM HELPLINE FOR GAMBERS 888 LAST BET HOME 561 249 0922 CELL 954 501 5270



Arnie Wexler

Arnie & Sheila Wexler Associates

Lake Worth, FL

561-249-0922 CELL 954 5015270

One Response to “Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction.”

  1. gregr says:

    Great to be back up and running again!!

    Name is Greg and when in the depths of my Alcohol Addiction, I developed a HUGE Gambling Addiction….just to try and CHASE that buzzz…

    I’ve been sober in AA for over 12Years now and the 12 Steps really DO work!!

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