Mind Ride


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It is important for those affected by the harms associated with gambling and people close to those with a gambling problem can suffer impacts that include conflicts in relationships,

financial strain, and feelings of anger, fear, shame or worry.

For more information and to get help,

call the NYS OASAS HOPEline anytime at 1-877-846-7369.

For additional resources, please visit https://oasas.ny.gov/gambling or https://oasas.ny.gov/prevention/gambling


Mind Ride

Take a ride through the brain to understand how it reacts to gambling and how it affects the brain much like other behavioral and substance disorders.

The Brain and Addiction

The areas of the brain that control impulse and judgement can put adolescents and young adults on a bumpy ride towards problem gambling, and change the brain in ways that make quitting difficult.

The Brain’s Reward Network

The Ventral Striatum, the reward-seeking network in the non-addicted brain, is kept in check by pre-frontal cortex, which applies the brakes to stop thrill-seeking. Inconsistencies in applying the brakes in the immature brain can quickly result in less pleasure from natural rewards and increased seeking of unnatural rewards such as gambling or substances.

When we over-engage in pleasurable behaviors, brain activity shifts from away from the Ventral Striatum “Reward Hub” to the Dorsal Striatum ‘Habit Hub’ and new problem gambling habits begin to form. These habits change the brain in ways that contribute to problem gambling.

The development of the brain lasts through early adulthood, and the region of the brain that controls judgment and impulse, is the last to develop. This makes adolescents more vulnerable to forming addictions.

Visit Mind Ride to learn how the brain reacts to gambling and how it affects the brain development.