THE BRAIN’SNETWORK The brain’s reward network ensures that we eat, sleep, drink water and other healthy behaviors, but addiction can hijack these functions. A lack of impulse control in the prefrontal cortex makes it more difficult for individuals who gamble to stop gambling behaviors and less focus is placed on healthy self-care.
The brain’s REWARD HUB, fueled by DOPAMINE, is like a gas pedal in a car- it’s the GO that drives you to get what you want or what makes you happy.
The brain’s TOP-DOWN NETWORK, located in the pre-frontal cortex, is the ‘brakes’ to stop what you’re doing.
The brain of a person with a gambling problem shows inconsistencies in applying the ‘pedals’ and ‘brakes’.
When given the ‘stop’ signal, the brain of an individual who gambles shows a REDUCED ABILITY to stop.