Naltrexone, an anti-heroine drug can help treating gambling addicts, according to guidelines issued by researchers at the Monash University. Naltrexone is usually used to treat problems like heroin addiction and alcohol addiction.
Naltrexone helps to block the overproduction of endogenous opioids in the brain and assists people to control their impulses. It has side-effects like abdominal pains. Further research is required to determine its effectiveness as an anti-gambling treatment.
These guidelines have been approved by the head of the federal government's main health and clinical advice body, the National Health and Medical Research Council. They have been published on the Medical Journal of Australia's website.