Reviewing two types of addiction - pathological gambling and substance use

Jazaeri, S.A. and Habil, M.H. (2012) Reviewing two types of addiction - pathological gambling and substance use. Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine, 34 (1). ISSN 0253-7176

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Gambling, including pathological gambling and problem gambling, has received increased attention from clinicians and researchers over the past three decades since gambling opportunities have expanded around the world. Gambling disorders affect 0.2-5.3% of adults worldwide, although measurement and prevalence varies according to the screening instruments and methods used, and availability and accessibility of gambling opportunities. Several distinct treatment approaches have been favorably evaluated, such as cognitive behavioral and brief treatment models and pharmacological interventions. Although promising, family therapy and support from Gamblers Anonymous are less well empirically supported. Gambling disorders are highly comorbid with other mental health and substance use disorders, and a further understanding is needed of both the causes and treatment implications of this disorder. This article reviews definition, causes and associated features with substance abuse, screening and diagnosis, and treatment approaches.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences (UMCAS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychological Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Mr. Faizal Hamzah
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2012 04:02
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2015 13:46

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