HomeYOUR BRAIN The brain can change with abstinence and interventions to reduce or end problem gambling
The brain is always changing and the brain can recover Structurally and Chemically
Research on how the brain recovers from addiction is just starting, but so far, early findings look promising.
Studies show that after only FOUR MONTHS OF ABSTINENCE, individuals with addiction can again respond to non-gambling or ‘neutral’ cues, and show a reduced urge to engage in gambling or other problem behaviors.
NEUTRAL CUES normally engage the Reward Hub in the brain of a non-addict. Examples include: family, relationships, jobs, health, self-care and other parts of our life that we consider fulfilling and rewarding.
This is a positive sign for people with a gambling problem. It shows that the brain can change.
The networks in the brain that may have been altered from addiction can revert back to normal brain function, giving hope to individuals who struggle with addiction.