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Gambling Problems - An Introduction for Behavioral Health Providers

1. When people with a gambling problem seek help, the primary motivating factor tends to be:

A. Pressure from loved ones and/or employers

B. A desire to abstain from gambling

C. The need to receive assistance with the financial pressures that have resulted

D. Demands from the legal system


What Are Pathological Gambling, Gambling Disorder, and Problem Gambling?

2. While the term problem gambling has been used to refer to gambling that causes harm, pathological gambling has been reserved for cases in which there is harm and lack of control over, or dependence on, gambling.

A. True

B. False


3. “Action gamblers” are those who favor forms of gambling that involve some skill or knowledge, such as playing poker or betting on sports, and are most typically men, whereas women are more commonly “escape gamblers” who use it as a relief from stress or negative emotions.

A. True

B. False


What Are the Links Between Gambling Problems and Other Behavioral Health Conditions?

4. Gambling disorder frequently co-occurs with SUDs and other behavioral health problems, and experts report that people who have both an SUD and pathological gambling have high rates of attention deficit disorder and:

A. Depression and anxiety

B. Bipolar disorder

C. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

D. Antisocial personality disorder


How Can Behavioral Health Services Providers Help Clients With Gambling Problems?

5. One study found that about forty percent of people who gambled pathologically had committed at least one illegal gambling-related act, such as the writing of bad checks, stealing, and unauthorized use of credit cards.

A. True

B. False


What Are Some Treatment Strategies for These Clients?

6. Although a variety of approaches have been researched and found to be useful in treating gambling problems, cognitive-behavioral therapy has been clearly shown to be more effective than other strategies.

A. True

B. False


7. Each of the following is an accurate statement about therapeutic approaches used to treat gambling problems EXCEPT:

A. Cognitive therapy uses imaginal desensitization, relaxation and other techniques are used to help the client cope with gambling stimuli and blunt the urge they create to gamble

B. Behavioral therapy helps clients identify their personal cues and triggers to gamble and then helps clients develop alternative activities to gambling that compete with reinforcers specific to pathological gambling

C. Motivational interviewing seeks to help clients address their ambivalence toward behavior change, and even very brief motivational interventions have been shown to help people with gambling problems

D. Although several medications have been investigated to treat pathological gambling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medications for treating the condition


Prevention

8. In some states, problem gamblers are able to participate in a voluntary self-exclusion program, which allows them to be banned from gambling venues for a defined period, even a lifetime, and to face various consequences if they violate the ban.

A. True

B. False


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