Gamblers anonymous and cognitive-behavioral therapies for pathological gamblers

J Gambl Stud. 2005 Spring;21(1):27-33. doi: 10.1007/s10899-004-1919-5.


Numerous types of treatments for pathological gambling have been described, but two of the most common are Gamblers Anonymous (GA) and cognitive-behavioral therapy. This paper describes some outcome data associated with the two approaches. It also reviews evidence suggesting that a combined intervention may enhance therapy engagement and reduce relapse rates.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Behavior, Addictive / psychology
  • Behavior, Addictive / therapy*
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / psychology
  • Disruptive, Impulse Control, and Conduct Disorders / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gambling / psychology
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation*
  • Secondary Prevention
  • Treatment Outcome