What are the “three phases” of gambling addiction? The progressive, downward cycle of pathological gambling typically follows a pattern of increasing involvement in the addictive behavior. Robert L. Custer, M.D., identified the development of the disease as following three phases: During the winning phase, gamblers experience a big win-or a series of wins-that leaves them …∞
Most people trying to overcome an addiction soon realize that recovery is not spontaneous. It requires discipline and patience, and therein lies the problem with recovery. Addiction’s lure is its promise of immediate gratification, the quick feel-good. Being addicted means relying on immediate gratification and, as the pattern of addiction continues, our ability to delay …∞
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