Understanding Problem Gamblers

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Overview

Gambling in recent years has become a major mainstream leisure activity. For most of us this enjoyable and exciting entertainment remains an occasional social activity, but for an increasing minority it becomes a destructive dependency. In this practical book, the author explores some of the motivations and attractions of gambling and the transition from social to problem gambling and how gambling dependency develops. He also describes strategies for breaking through the barrier of denial and explores relapse prevention and the vital role of helping agencies. This book is essential reading for anyone involved with a problem gambler either as a client, partner, or family member. It will be of interest to therapists, practitioners who are in contact with problem gamblers and their families, regulators and those working in the gambling industry.
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Provides information on problem gambling for professional counselors, highlighting factors associated with problem gambling and outlining common approaches to addressing gambling dependency. Examines the role of gambling in society, how and why a gambling dependency develops, the devastating effects of gambling dependency, and ways to help problem gamblers. Special attention is paid to younger gamblers, and to the family situation from the perspective of both a parent and a partner. Includes chapter summaries and checklists. Author credentials are not stated. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853434631
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 12/14/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 220

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From Chapter 1: It is my belief that we are all gamblers in oneform or another. It is human nature to take risks and gambling, as its simplest, is only a stylised form of that risk taking. If this is true we can surmise that gambling has been around as long as civilisation itself. Certainly there is evidence that circa 2000 BC the Egyptians were using knuckle bones painted as four-sided dice, and 500 years later the Chinese were enjoying a recognisable form of roulette. Throughout history whether encouraged or suppressed, the need for human to gamble has been exploited.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword by Dr Mark Griffiths
Preface
1 Gambling and Society 1
2 The Attractions of Gambling 14
3 How Gambling becomes a Problem 25
4 Family Factors 38
5 Young People and Problem Gambling 49
6 The Effect of a Gambling Dependency 62
7 Asking for Help 79
8 The Telephone Helpline 93
9 A Structure for Effective Intervention 106
l0 Self-help Groups 125
11 A Residential Approach 137
12 Working with the Family 147
13 Problem Prevention 158
14 Addressing the Social Impact of Gambling 176
15 Sources of Help and Further Information 190
References 199
Index 202
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