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Compulsive Gambling

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by McCoy K

(Gambling Addiction; Pathological Gambling)



Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:


Counseling for compulsive gambling may include cognitive-behavioral therapy . This type of therapy can help you learn to correct the the negative thoughts and beliefs that lead you to gamble, to find healthier responses to stress, to develop social skills, and to prevent relapse. Therapy can also help uncover what lead you to compulsively gamble.


There is some evidence that people who compulsively gamble may benefit from medications, such as:
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Mood stabilizers
  • Opioid antagonists
  • Bupropion—an antidepressant


Mental Health America

National Council on Problem Gambling



Canadian Mental Health Association

Problem Gambling



10 questions about gambling behavior. Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado website. Available at: Accessed September 15, 2014.

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Dannon PN, Lowengrub K, Gonopolski Y, Musin E, Kotler M. Pathological gambling: a review of phenomenological models and treatment modalities for an underrecognized psychiatric disorder. Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry. 2006;8:334-339.

Kalechstein AD, et al. Pathological gamblers demonstrate frontal lobe impairment consistent with that of methamphetamine dependent individuals. J Neuropsych Clin Neurosci. 2007;19:298-303.

Signs of a gambling problem. Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling website. Available at: Accessed September 15, 2014.


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