Gambling Disorder (Compulsive Gambling, Pathological.
The main approach to gambling therapy is by using some form of psychological support or intervention. This may involve getting gambling addiction treatment from professionals at Priory and joining a self-help group such as GamCare or Gamblers Anonymous; these groups offer local, telephone and online support.
Although pathological gambling (PG) has been recognized as a psychological disorder since 1980, there are still no FDA-approved medications to treat the disorder. Until now, most pharmacological treatments for PG have been adapted from treatments from other addictive disorders such as alcohol dependence.
There are effective treatments, but little is known about the relative effectiveness of different treatments. The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral group therapy, and a no-treatment control (wait-list) in the treatment of pathological gambling.
Effectiveness of Group and Individual Formats of a Combined Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Program for Problem Gambling: A Randomized Controlled Trial - Volume 38 Issue 2 - Tian P. S. Oei, Namrata Raylu, Leanne M. Casey.
This book examines the prevalence and consequences of problem gambling as well as approaches to treatment. In this comprehensive book, the author, Nancy M. Petry, clarifies the current understanding of gambling as a disorder, including its levels of intensity; possible origins in biological, neurological, developmental, and environmental spheres; and special issues surrounding populations that.
Methods for treating pathological gambling include approaches that are psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive, pharmacological, addiction-based and multimodal, and self-help. Often these approaches are combined to varying degrees in most treatment programs or counseling settings.
Gambling disorder (pathologic gambling) and problem gambling affects up to 15 million Americans and are common in young people. The number of people with gambling problems is increasing. The societal impact of pathological gambling and problem gambling is therefore also increasing, with related issues involving employment, personal relationships, financial solvency, and criminal pursuits.