Understanding and Treating the Pathological Gambler

Understanding and Treating the Pathological Gambler

Understanding and Treating the Pathological Gambler

Understanding and Treating the Pathological Gambler

Synopsis

Understanding and Treating the Pathological Gambler provides a combination of theory and practical solutions for the clinician working with pathological gamblers. The first half of this title discusses the history, theories and evaluation of gamblers and gambling while the second provides clinicians with interventions, based on scientific research, for the cessation of abusive gambling, including strategies for long-term abstinence and relapse prevention.

• Written by a world renowned expert on the subject

• Provides a balanced combination of theory and practical solutions

• A must for anyone involved in the treatment of pathological gamblers

Excerpt

Although gambling has always existed, it has never before taken on as many forms as it does today. Let's be honest. Haven't we all, at one time or another, bet a few dollars in the hope of making an appreciable gain, or even an amount that would change our lives?

Gambling is an important part of all cultures, societies, and social classes. Nowadays, gambling is a common leisure activity and over twothirds of adults engage in it on a regular basis. For most people, gambling is a relaxing activity with no negative consequences. However, others develop excessive behavior when it comes to gambling: gambling becomes a disease or addiction that manifests itself as an irrepressible impulse to wager money. For excessive or pathological gamblers, wagering is a source of both excitement and relaxation, which dominates their lives and has negative consequences. Among other things, this obsessive passion leads to the spending of ever-increasing sums of money.

Barely two decades ago, in North America, the Mecca of gambling glittered in the middle of the Nevada desert, magnified by the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. Day and night, 365 days a year, casino croupiers were at the service of any gamblers who leisurely took advantage of whatever moment was convenient for them to devote themselves to their favorite activity. In these luxurious casinos, where international stars often give their most recent shows, gamblers are still greeted with respect and deference. From the moment they walk into the casino, they are transformed, almost despite themselves, into princes for a day: they forget their daily grind. They live in a dream. They freely rove these gaming halls whose decorum rivals that of the most stunning castles of the world, and where the welcomes and smiles of the managers let them think, for a . . .

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