Pathological gambling treatment literature review (second edition)

Abstract

Reviews literature from 1964 to 2007 on the treatment of pathological gambling. Coveres behavioural, cognitive, cognitive behavioural, Gambler's Anonymous, group therapy, pharmacotherapeutic, minimal and multimodal interventions. Finds that the social consequences of gambling cost American society $54bn per year; that gambling revenue is the primary source of treatment funding in most states; there is a need for improved training of treatment personnel in screening and treating pathological gambling; gambling treatment policies vary across states; and that advocates for the needs of problem gamblers emphasise the importance of delivering proper training for those who provide access to gambling treatment and those who deliver it.

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