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Chasing the pot of gold




Approximately two million adults in the United States meet criteria for pathological gambling, and another four to six million are considered problem gamblers, as per the National Council on Problem Gambling. A study by scientists at Wayne State University reveals that gambling addiction therapy is not one-size-fits-all, but it is difficult to predict which style of therapy is best for the various forms of gambling addiction.



Chasing the pot of gold

As per David M. Ledgerwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Wayne State University, there appears to be up to three different subtypes of people with serious gambling problems. One group, emotionally vulnerable (EV) gamblers, had higher psychiatric and gambling severity and were more likely to have a parent with psychiatric problems as in comparison to another subtype, behaviorally conditioned (BC) gamblers. BC gamblers are thought to start gambling because they get caught up in elements of reward linked to the game, rather than to soothe emotional problems.

"In addition, we observed that antisocial impulsive (AI) gamblers also had elevated gambling and psychiatric severity when in comparison to BC gamblers," said Ledgerwood. "This group was most likely to have antisocial personality disorders, a history of substance abuse therapy, and a parent with substance abuse or gambling problems".

Eventhough the study included various levels of gambling addiction severity throughout therapy and follow-up, recovery patterns did not vary among the different groups. Therefore, subtyping gambling addiction does not predict therapy outcomes beyond a simple association with gambling severity.


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Approximately two million adults in the United States meet criteria for pathological gambling, and another four to six million are considered problem gamblers, as per the National Council on Problem Gambling. A study by scientists at Wayne State University reveals that gambling addiction therapy is not one-size-fits-all, but it is difficult to predict which style of therapy is best for the various forms of gambling addiction.

Medicineworld.org: Chasing the pot of gold

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