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Arelia Taveras was a successful lawyer who earned hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. But then a gambling addiction resulted in her being disbarred, losing her apartment and her parents' home, and squandering nearly $1 million at Atlantic City and Las Vegas casinos.
"I realized it was an addiction when I was losing all that money and breaking out in sweat," Taveras said. "It went from every month, to every week, to every day."
Recent evidence indicates that pathological gambling is an addiction similar to chemical addiction. It has been seen that some pathological gamblers have lower levels of norepinephrine than normal gamblers.