Behavioral treatment for gambling


(from the chapter) Pathological gambling is not only a problem of impulse control, but a real addictive disorder characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, loss of control, impairment of familiar and social relationships, etc. Behavioral interventions are the most efficient procedures for the psychological treatment of pathological gambling and addictive disorders. Different techniques based on learning mechanisms have been developed in order to reduce problematic gambling and to promote alternative lifestyles. In this chapter we present a therapeutic protocol for gambling addiction based on the principles of motivation and learning.

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