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Cognitive Versus Exposure Therapy for Problem Gambling: Randomised Controlled Trial.

 Abstract BACKGROUND: Problem gambling-specific cognitive therapy (CT) and behavioural (exposure-based) therapy (ET) are two core cognitive-behavioural techniques to treating the disorder, but no studies have directly compared them using a randomised trial. AIMS: To evaluate differential efficacy of CT and ET for adult problem gamblers at a South Australian gambling therapy service. METHODS: Two-group randomised, parallel design. Primary outcome was rated by participants using the Victorian Gambling Screen (VGS) at…
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CBT is Effective for Pathological Gambling

OBJECTIVE: Clinicians lack adequate data on the effectiveness of treatment for pathological gambling in low- and middle-income countries. METHODS: We evaluated a manualized treatment program that included components of cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and imaginal exposure in a sample of 128 participants diagnosed with pathological gambling. Our team recruited participants via the helpline of the National Responsible Gambling Program (NRGP) of South Africa between May 2011 and February 2012. Eligible…
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Research Results: CBT plus Medication is Effective for Gambling

An initial randomized, controlled trial shows that Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) plus Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) can improve pathological gambling. For this study, 34 patients were randomly assigned to either medication alone, CBT plus medication, or CBT plus placebo for 16 weeks. Patients who received CBT plus medication improved the fastest. Further study is needed to assess long-term outcomes and other variables. Results were presented at the November, 2006 Canadian Psychiatric Association's annual meeting.
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