A Practical Plan for Surviving Gambling Addiction

A Complete Guide for Gambling Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Gambling Addiction

Chapter 9

CBT – Cognitive Behavioral Theory

CBT is a popular and ubiquitous therapy for nearly every mental disorder and addiction. Several gambling treatment centers claim that they use CBT. This chapter claims that many of these places have misstated how CBT can help gambling addiction and then it discusses how CBT can and should be used.



Cognitive Behavioral Theory Basics and Beyond, 2nd edition, 2011, Judith Beck
“The leading text for students and practicing therapists”
Unfortunately, the price ($30 – $50) doesn’t work for me, so I can’t tell you if it is helpful.


CBT Simply Explained
You tube search term: CBT simply explained

This is a four-minute long basic introduction to CBT, worthwhile, well done
There are dozens more CBT videos on you tube – this is the best source for CBT information

Articles and Websites:

Cognitive Behavioral Theory (CBT), Provincial System Support (PSSP), Canada
Web search terms: cbt pssp gambling Ontario

Good overview of how a therapist might use CBT with an addicted gambler. Though, as I said in the chapter on CBT, I believe the CBT therapist should stop claiming that addicted gamblers will somehow be cured when their “faulty thinking” about winning is corrected. The idea that addicted slot machine players don’t know that “in the long run” they will loose, is absurd. They know that, but they also know that this time they might actually win. They know that this time they might even win a jackpot. They know this because they have done it many times in the past. That argument may seem logical, but it is simply not persuasive to the addicted gambler.

My belief is that the best way to use CBT with addicted gamblers is to learn how to understand and combat urges.

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