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The Treatment Of Gambling Addiction


Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 The Treatment Of Gambling Addiction

It cannot be argued gambling is a popular activity and while most people gamble for fun and pleasure, gambling brings with it inherent risks of personal and social harm. Problem gambling can negatively affect significant areas of a person’s life, including their physical and mental health, employment, finances and interpersonal relationships (eg family members, financial dependants).

Furthermore, There are also significant co-morbidities with problem gambling, including depression, alcoholism, and obsessive-compulsive behaviours. Currently, there are almost no treatment services for problem gambling available on the NHS, and advice and support for people with gambling problems must be sought from the many private and charitable organisations throughout the UK. The implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 is likely to have a major impact on gambling in the UK in terms of changing patterns of gambling and hence rates of problem gambling.

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