A Practical Plan for Surviving Gambling Addiction

A Complete Guide for Gambling Addiction Treatment and Recovery

Gambling Addiction

Chapter 12


The 12-step programs insist that you are addicted because your willpower is not enough. It is my position that, in the end, your recovery relies on you using your willpower effectively. Learn how to increase your willpower when it is most needed.



Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength, Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney, Penguin Press, 2011

This book contains everything you need to know about the current understanding of willpower as a force in our lives. Tierney is an excellent writer; the book is both entertaining and informative. Every therapist should have this on their bookshelf.

However, there is also a body of thought that believes Baumeister’s theory of willpower being akin to a storage battery (ego depletion) is completely wrong. It seems that so much of psychology is subject to strong disagreement, you wonder if it should be even be called a science.



YouTube search on “willpower” will power your day.


Articles and Websites:

What you need to know about Willpower, The American Psychological Association (APA, The APA is the leading scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, with more than 121,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.)
Web search terms: apa.org willpower

Excellent and comprehensive overview of “The psychological science of self-control”. The article largely supports Baumeister’s theory of ego depletion.

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