A Critical Review of Treatment Approaches for Gambling Disorders

Author(s): Jonathan N. Stea, David C. Hodgins.

Journal Name: Current Drug Abuse Reviews

Volume 4 , Issue 2 , 2011

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This review presents the theoretical model, evidence base, and theoretical and methodological issues for seven treatment approaches to gambling disorders: 1) psychoanalytic and psychodynamic treatments; 2) Gamblers Anonymous; 3) behavioural treatments; 4) cognitive and cognitive-behavioural therapies; 5) brief, motivational, and self-directed interventions; 6) pharmacotherapies, and 7) family therapy approaches. Throughout the review, broader clinical and research issues are also discussed, including barriers to treatment-seeking, controlled gambling versus abstinence as a treatment goal, comorbidity, and the evaluation of treatment efficacy and effectiveness.

Keywords: Gambling disorders, pathological gambling, treatment, efficacy, effectiveness, critical review, cognitive-behavioural therapies, pharmacotherapies, family therapy approaches, Mental disorder

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Year: 2011
Page: [67 - 80]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/1874473711104020067
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