A Practical Plan for Surviving Gambling Addiction

A Complete Guide for Gambling Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Gambling Addiction

Chapter 11

DBT – Dialectical Behavior Therapy & Self Compassion

The DBT concept of radical acceptance is a powerful process for treating gambling addiction.



A “DBT” search on Amazon will yield about a dozen books on DBT. Unfortunately, they all seem to be directed to therapists, and they are all too expensive for a patient trying to learn about DBT. So folks, an opportunity. There doesn’t seem to be DBT book for the general public.



Marsha Linehan, Balancing Acceptance and Change
YouTube search terms: marsha linehan balancing acceptance and change

Designed primarily for therapists and quite long. Still, it is worth watching Marsha Linehan lecture.

A YouTube search on just “DBT” will provide many 5-minute overviews. Interestingly, they are all very different from each other.


Articles and Websites:

How to Start Healing Emotionally from Gambling Addiction, Headward, Annika Lindberg, 2019
Web Search terms: Headward Annika Lindberg (go to the main site and click on blog content)

Excellent article and excellent website. Ms. Lindberg’s article and approach operate at the intersection of gambling addiction, DBT’s radical acceptance, and CBT’s behavioral changes. Everything on this site is worth reading. Highly recommended.

Self-Compassion, Dr. Kristin Neff
Web search terms: self-compassion

I believe it is very difficult to begin the process of healing and recovery until you have found a way to put your shame, guilt, and self-loathing into the rearview mirror. This is a site that can help you do just that.
Quote: “With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.”

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