Gambling Addiction 29/10/13

Gambling addiction is an urge to engage in gambling regardless of harmful negative outcomes or desire to stop (Jazaeri and Bin Habil N.P). Though gambling addiction is similar in most ways with substance use disorder, its treatment is rather difficult. First, it is difficult to diagnose gambling addiction since it has no physical signs like substance use disorder. An addicted gambler behaves normally and it is difficult to identify them. If not intervened, addicted gamblers become pathological gamblers.
Treating gambling addiction is quite difficult in that every gambler is unique and requires a program designed specifically for him or her. Therapy that works for one gambler does not necessarily work for another. Gambling involves huge loss not only in monetary terms, but strenuous relationships with family and friends. It is also associated with other addictions such as alcohol abuse. This makes treatment of gambling very difficult and should involve a multifaceted approach to fix the problem (Jazaeri and Bin Habil N.P).
To treat gambling, cognitive therapy is needed to identify, challenge and adapt cognitive alterations. There is a higher likelihood for relapses to gambling as the gambler strongly believes that he is headed for a win if he or she gambles (Upfold para.18). Cognitive therapy should be offered alongside other interventions including family therapy, behavioral therapy, and impulse control training so as to deal with the problem in a holistic way. For substance abuse disorders, reducing the use of the drug causing addiction and underestimation of the impact its use has on the user and family is obvious (Upfold para.19).
Works Cited
Jazaeri, Seyed Amir. and Bin Habil, Mohammad Hussain. Reviewing Two Types of Addiction – Pathological Gambling and Substance Use, Indian J Psychol Med., Vol.34, No.1 (2012).Web.
Upfold, Darryl. Gambling and Substance Abuse: A Comparison. Web. Retrieved October 29, 2013.

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