By Namrata Raylu

This e-book is a therapy guide delivering assistance for therapists treating consumers with playing addictions.

In this ebook the authors use a cognitive behavioural method and supply a consultation by means of consultation consultant for overcoming challenge playing. crucial subject matters lined include:

  • assessment and psychoeducation
  • cognitive behavioural thoughts to stabilize gambling
  • identifying and demanding pondering errors
  • relaxation and imaginal exposure
  • problem fixing and target setting
  • managing unfavorable feelings
  • relapse prevention: protecting a balanced way of life and dealing with excessive probability occasions

A Cognitive Behavioural remedy Programme for challenge Gambling offers precise info to aid the therapist and consumer comprehend playing behaviours, in addition to useful suggestion on concepts that may be used with the buyer to alter those behaviours.

This sensible advisor comprises handouts and workouts that may be downloaded through buyers of the print version. it is going to supply useful counsel for dependancy counsellors and therapists worldwide.

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They also reported lower state and trait anxieties at 1-year follow up. McConaghy and colleagues (1988) conducted a controlled randomized trial investigating the effectiveness of imaginal desensitization (n=10) compared with imaginal relaxation 26 A CBT programme for problem gambling (n=10). Both groups showed signi®cant reductions in state anxiety at 1month follow up and trait anxiety at the 1-year follow up. Those with lower anxieties in both groups showed reduction in gambling. e. imaginal relaxation (n=20), aversion therapy (n=20), brief in vivo exposure (n=10) and prolonged in vivo exposure (n=10)).

They reported that the difference between the two treatment groups in relation to the number of participants reporting an abstinence period of 6 months was not signi®cant. However, participants who received the motivational telephone treatment plus the CBT self-help workbook reported gambling fewer days, losing less money and had lower problem gambling scores (assessed by the SOGS) than the participants in the CBT workbook only group. Recently, Oei, Raylu and Casey (in press) compared the CBT programme contained in this book in both individual and group formats.

This is supported by a number of single case studies demonstrating the bene®ts of using stimulus control and exposure with response prevention in treating problem gambling (Amor & EcheburuÂa, 2002; EcheburuÂa & FernaÂndez-Montalvo, 2002). Symes and Nicki (1997) found that cue exposure and response prevention led to signi®cant reductions in gambling behaviour and urges in two probable pathological gamblers. Self-exclusion is a behavioural treatment often used with other forms of therapy rather than in isolation.

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