If you or someone you love has a problem with gambling, this research–based guide offers a practical approach to controlling the destructive urge to gamble. Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life is an accessible book that explains how gambling problems are related to other underlying issues such as anxiety, mood fluctuation, difficulty with impulse control, and substance abuse problems.
With compassion and insight, the authors offer a series of self–tests to help evaluate the degree of the gambling problem and analyze the psychological and social context of the behavior. The book includes a toolbox of easy–to–apply strategies and approaches for ending the impulse to gamble, as well as commonsense advice for avoiding slips and preventing backslides.
Praise for Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life
"???′Change′ is in the title of this fine book, and the book succeeds in offering some of the clearest, most open–minded guidance for change that you could hope for. If you suffer from compulsive gambling or care about someone who does, this book is a must–read." Lance Dodes, MD, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"A practical self–help approach for recovery from gambling problems based upon scientific principles and extensive clinical experience. This book is a wonderful resource for individuals with a gambling addiction seeking to improve their lives and for clinicians encouraging individuals to make these changes." Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, professor, Psychiatry, and codirector, Interna–tional Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High–Risk Behaviors, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Introduction: How to Use Th is Book 1
PART ONE How to Begin 9
1 Assessing Your Problems 11
2 Connecting the Dots 23
3 Setting Goals to Help You Change 29
PART TWO How to Change 41
4 Getting Your Gambling Under Control 43
5 Anxiety and Gambling 69
6 Mood Disorders and Gambling 103
7 Impulse Control and Gambling 127
8 Substance Abuse and Gambling 155
PART THREE How to Stay the Course 187
9 Preventing Relapses 189
Resources and Further Reading 205
About the Authors 217
About Harvard Medical School 219
Howard Shaffer, PhD, a pioneer in the field of gambling addiction, is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Division on Addiction at the Cambridge Health Alliance. He has an active private practice and consults internationally to a variety of organizations in business, education, human services, law, and government. Ryan Martin, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University. John Kleschinsky, MPH, spent three years at the Cambridge Health Alliance′s Division on Addiction and is currently pursuing a DrPH in social and behavioral sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Liz Neporent, MA, is an award–winning health and medical journalist who has written fifteen best–selling health titles.