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  • Happy Birthday!
  • Aw thank you, I'm so excited!!!
  • I'm so sad all the time. I'll just go gambling, I can't deal with this. 
  • Ok...
  • Your father and I have noticed you having some problems and think you need help
  • Marie is a fairly normal young adult. Her family takes her out gambling to celebrate her 21st birthday. She knows that she is at a higher risk to develop an addiction because she has is very impulse, sensation-seeking, and her uncle has a gambling addiction. 
  • Don't worry Marie, I am very educated in gambling addictions and I will do everything I can to help you
  • Thank you so much!
  • Her family thought that she would be fine, but they were wrong. Marie began to show symptoms of a gambling addiction. She seemed to have some type of depression and felt worthless and sad. Also, she seemed to build a tolerance for gambling and went more and more. Marie had no control over when she went. She felt like she had to. 
  • You have many options Marie. Everyone is trying to help you. 
  • After awhile, her parents decided that if Marie was going to get better, then she needed to go to therapy and a support group. Marie didn't know if she was ready to lose gambling, but her parents know that they can't make her go. Luckily, Marie agreed to get help. 
  • I got this! I know fighting my addiction is hard, but I am so ready!
  • At therapy, Marie learned that she had a behavioral addiction. Her therapist told her that there are multiple types of behavioral addictions like gaming, hoarding, shopping, or skin and hair pulling. A behavioral addiction is when someone engages in an activity without control.  Her therapist describes that gambling for her releases excess dopamine and causes pleasure which then causes a decline in dopamine and creates an addictive cycle. 
  • Marie's therapist told her about the many options she has to get help.  She said that behavioral addictions are treated very similarly to substance abuse addictions. Her options included psychological treatments (therapy), counseling, and group therapy. She could also go to a rehabilitation center depending on how severe her addiction was. 
  • Her therapist said the group counseling and individual therapy was the best treatment for Marie. Marie agreed and was happy to be getting help. She had the support of her family, professionals, and people in a similar situation to help her beat her gambling addiction. She knows fighting addiction is a lifelong process and is ready to change her life for the better. 
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