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MikeH79
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Hi - has anyone had or considered having the brain reset with electric shock treatment? Would love to hear thoughts on it? Thanks 

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Topic starter Posted : 13th May 2022 8:34 am
Chris.UK
(@chris-uk)

The 1950’s called, they want their question back.

Seriously @admin?

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Posted : 13th May 2022 11:47 am
c43h
 c43h
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And what would that do what exactly? Lobotomy was banned 1967 and we are not locked up in a padded room when writing on this forum so I think the question is a bit far out there. But appreciate that things can be hard to formulate so let me cast some light on what has been tested. Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been tried on alcohol, depression and some gambling cases with some interesting results. The magnetic sessions makes your brain fire up more neurons and that brings out a feeling of being a bit happier. This can create epileptic chocks so it is not for everyone. Another new thing tried in the US is a smaller type of tms that is operated in to the brain with a small battery. This has helped a few heroin addicts to start to feel normal.

Therapy is the best way forward.

That is what I know. Hope it helps

 

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Posted : 13th May 2022 12:35 pm
MikeH79
(@mikeh79)

@chris-uk what you on about “ seriously @admin”. Surely everyone is entitled to explore potential aids to recovery !

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Topic starter Posted : 13th May 2022 7:06 pm
Chris.UK
(@chris-uk)

@mikeh79 because I feel the topic is a non starter and not for serious consideration.

There are three parts to stopping gambling. One is abstinence, actually stopping gambling, two, staying off gambling, and three, Recovery.

If you have had enough of gambling or run out of money then stopping gambling is the first step. If you put in blocks and preventative measures in place, and be accountable, then you can stay off gambling.

If you then start to look at yourself and why you go back to gambling, why you use that to escape and actually start changing things about your behaviour or character, that is the start of recovery.

With all of these, gambling isn’t the problem, you(and I ) are the problem, gambling is the symptom.

To suggest such an old fashioned solution in todays world with what we know hardly seems worthy of the conversation. 
Whether you are paraphrasing about resetting the brain in how you think is one thing, but to suggest it with electric shocks just seems to miss the point.

Personally, I feel the same way about medication to stop gambling. Is someone going to be taking medication for the rest of their lives? It comes from change. Talking to counsellors or going to GA, working a program of change. It’s about thinking of how your actions made others feel, about what you strengths and weaknesses of character are, and working on those for the better.

Thats why I tagged in the admin because I believe the topic is a wasted one.

What helps me is hearing how you are doing and what you are doing to help yourself. 

Chris. 

 

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Posted : 13th May 2022 8:42 pm
MikeH79
(@mikeh79)

@chris-uk opinions vary !

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Topic starter Posted : 13th May 2022 8:47 pm
Chris.UK
(@chris-uk)

@mikeh79 Do you know what, you’re right.

Opinions do vary. 
What has been your solution so far in helping you to stop gambling, or have you looked at some electric shock treatment yourself?

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Posted : 13th May 2022 8:53 pm
Forum admin
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Admin

Hello MikeH79,

As c43h has posted, sometimes the NHS has used 'Brain stimulation' to treat severe depression that hasn't responded to other treatments, but as Chris.UK has mentioned, recovery from problem gambling is usually supported with 'Talking treatments'; you might be interested in looking at the NHS National Problem Gambling Clinic, to see what they offer: https://www.cnwl.nhs.uk/services/mental-health-services/addictions-and-substance-misuse/national-problem-gambling-clinic

Please call us at any time on our freephone 0808 8020 133 if you'd like to find out more about support that GamCare can offer.

Take care,

Adam.

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Posted : 13th May 2022 9:49 pm
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