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Special Series on Gambling Disorder. Sign up for this e-newsletter for quick access to "the latest and most rigorous gambling research." Introducing the series, researcher and editor Dr. Heather Gray writes:
"Throughout the month, our science reviews will illustrate how gambling disorder intersects with other expressions of addiction and mental health concerns. First up next week, we will review a study of decision-making impairments common to both Alcohol Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder. "
See related editorial from Nature: Science has a gambling problem
"While states receive funding and policy guidance from the federal government for other addiction disorders, similar guidance is lacking for problem gambling," says Dr. Jeffrey Marotta, the principal investigator for the survey. "As a result, there is a significant disparity in the ways states are addressing this issue."
Dr. Marotta encourages treatment and recovery services professionals to be vigilant about problem gambling in treatment and recovery planning.
"Problem gambling is prevalent among those obtaining services for a substance use disorder but frequently hidden, so the first course of action is detection," says Dr. Marotta. "Discussing gambling behaviors also needs to be integrated into conversations about ongoing recovery. People completing addiction treatment may be heightened risk of relapse due to unaddressed gambling issues, addiction switching, or being affected by a loved one's gambling problem.”
"However, are these programs safe? Are they effective? A review of the scientific literature by the leading gambling researchers indicates a dearth of science-based, peer- reviewed programs in this area."
Want to find out more about Problem Gambling Disorder?
Related ATTC Network e-publications:
Research on Gambling Disorders (ATTC Messenger, March 2015). Christine Reilly, Senior Research Director, National Center for Responsible Gaming, shares the importance of screening for an existing or emerging gambling problem.
Take the Quiz: How much do you know about problem gambling? (ATTC/NIATx Blog, March 2017)
Problem Gambling: Let's Bring the Problem out of Hiding (ATTC NIATx Blog, March 2014)
Resources from SAMHSA
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