Gambling Addiction

$3.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate


CE Course Description

The similarities between gambling disorder and the substance use disorders have been well documented and the cognitive sequelae of gambling disorder may provide insights into addictive vulnerabilities.  This CE course analyzes a fundamental question of how a behavior can become addictive in the absence of exogenous drug stimulation.

Author:  Clark, L.  Disordered gambling: the evolving concept of behavioral addiction.  (2014, October).  Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci., 1327: 46-61.  Open Access.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Describe when gamblers are more risky and more confident.

2.  Identify the key shared marker between those with gambling disorder and those with substance use disorders.

3.  Name the hormone released during episodes of gambling.

4.  Summarize four pathways to gambling disorder.

CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Neurotoxicity

2.  Dopamine and the brain reward system

3.  The relative potency of drugs of abuse

4.  Addictive ingredients

5.  Gambling-related cognitive distortions

6.  Future behavioral addictions

a.  Obesity and binge eating

b.  Compulsive shopping

c.  Internet gaming disorder



Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees)
  • Texas Board of Social Workers
  • ACE credit is not offered for this course. A list of courses offering ACE credit can be found here.

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Added On: 2019-02-14

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