Brief interventions for disordered gambling

Abstract

Research into effective treatment options for disordered gamblers has grown substantially over the past decade. Low rates of treatment seeking combined with the capacity for many disordered gamblers to recover without formal treatment highlight the importance of offering treatment options on a continuum of intensity. Minimal and brief interventions reflect effective ways to reach gamblers not seeking treatment and facilitate the natural recovery process. Further, minimal and brief interventions consolidate well with proposed stepped-care models of treatment for this population. Here we review several specific self-directed materials and brief interventions as well as available empirical support to date. We discuss the ongoing role of technology for adapting and providing a suitable platform for these tools, as well as specific considerations and future directions for this growing area of research. Overall, brief interventions represent a promising way to reach the majority of disordered gamblers not seeking treatment and to facilitate the recovery process.

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