Gambling addiction is an overwhelming and destructive force, wreaking havoc on your finances, relationships, and overall mental and physical health. Breaking free from this cycle requires understanding the underlying psychological mechanisms at play and finding effective strategies to overcome the habit.
In this blog, we’ll explore the intricacies of gambling addiction, delve into the power of aversion in combating this destructive behavior, and uncover how Pavlok can be a transformative tool in your journey toward lasting financial freedom.
Understanding Gambling Addiction: Unraveling the Habit
A compulsive gambler rarely realizes that he or she has a problem, and will not seek help until it’s far too late. Losing everything is a nightmare that is nearly impossible to wake up from. In fact, “compulsive gambling has been regarded as a progressive illness which can never be cured but can be arrested” (Barker, Miller, 1968).
When it comes to gambling addiction, the brain’s reward system becomes hijacked, and the urge to gamble intensifies, leading to compulsive and uncontrollable behavior. Understanding the underlying patterns and triggers that fuel the gambling habit is crucial in breaking free from its grasp.
This is where science and technology come into play, bringing hope to victims of compulsive gambling, and their suffering families.
The Power of Aversion in Quitting Gambling
Aversion is a powerful psychological tool that can disrupt the reward system associated with gambling. By creating an association between the act of gambling and an uncomfortable stimulus, aversion conditioning helps weaken the compulsion and desire to engage in the behavior.
Pavlok harnesses the power of aversion through its unique features, such as customizable shocks or vibrations, to provide real-time feedback when you are tempted to gamble. This aversion stimulus serves as a powerful deterrent, interrupting the automatic response and allowing you to regain control over your actions.
100% Success Rate: Electric Shocks Break Compulsive Gambling Habit for Good
Psychiatrists (Barker, Miller, 1968) at Shelton Hospital in Shrewsbury, England, hand-picked a group of compulsive gamblers, to find out how treatment via electric shocks would affect their gambling habits.
All participants were compulsive gamblers. Most of them had lost numerous jobs, and some even served time in prison as a result of their addiction. Gambling had caused them considerable emotional distress and left them in serious financial ruin.
Despite this, and their best intentions to quit gambling, they inevitably failed.
In the experiment, participants were asked to take part in a number of gambling-related activities. Some were asked to play their favorite slot machine. Others were asked to watch videos of themselves in the betting shop, placing bets on horses.
During these activities, the participants were given small, harmless electric jolts to their wrists. The jolts did not cause any damage or injury. However, they were effective enough in reducing the participants’ deep-rooted desire to gamble.
Each of the participants underwent between 5 and 12 hours of treatment. At the end of the treatment, 100% reported they had developed an aversion to gambling.
Emotions ranged from disinterest towards gambling, to “being sick of it” and wanting to “throw [the machine] through the window!”
Remember, these were people afflicted with a very strong gambling habit. They had tried and failed numerous times to break this habit, despite the pain, misery, overwhelming debt, and other problems that it had caused them and their loved ones.
Empowering Change with Pavlok: Your Path to Freedom
The story for the experimental group above just gets better. When re-assessed two years later, everyone in the test group had repaid their debts and rebuilt their lives. While some reported a relapse, a brief sequence of “booster” sessions helped them get back on track.
The results and conclusions of the researchers are more than encouraging:
“There is scope for refinements in techniques but we are of the opinion that aversion therapy has much greater clinical potential than is at present realised.” (Barker, Miller, 1968)
Pavlok introduces a unique approach to combating gambling with the same aversion techniques applied in the above study. By associating a mild shock or vibration with the urge to gamble, Pavlok creates an aversion response that disrupts the automatic compulsion. This conditioning helps rewire your brain’s associations, making the thought of gambling less appealing and reducing the desire to gamble over time.
Pavlok’s habit tracking feature allows you to monitor your gambling habits, including frequency, triggers, and associated emotions. By gaining insights into your behavior, you can identify patterns, recognize high-risk situations, and develop strategies to avoid or cope with them effectively.
With Pavlok, you can establish specific and achievable goals related to gambling cessation. Whether it’s abstaining from gambling for a certain period or reducing the time and money spent on gambling,
Pavlok also provides a community of like-minded individuals who understand the challenges you face. You can share your story, progress, seek advice, and receive encouragement from others who are also on the path to gambling recovery. The collective support and understanding create a sense of camaraderie that strengthens your resolve and reminds you that you are not alone in your journey to break free from the grips of gambling.
By utilizing Pavlok’s aversion conditioning device, you can prevent gambling by interrupting the automatic response, gaining insights into your behavior, staying focused on your objectives, and drawing strength from a supportive community.
Pavlok becomes your ally in breaking free from the grips of gambling addiction, empowering you to reclaim control over your life and create a future free from the destructive doom compulsive gambling can cause.