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Pathological gambling is often associated with psychoactive substance use disorder. Treatment is based primarily on psychotherapeutic approaches. No drug therapy has been approved as a treatment for this condition. The therapeutic approach provided at Clinique Nouveau Départ – EHN Canada is integrative, relying on a combination of several types of interventions. Work focusing on the financial consequences of gambling will be one of the pillars of this treatment while examining the treatment goals. Because pathological gamblers do not form a homogeneous group, the therapy offered has to take into consideration the specific vulnerabilities of the individual based on their gambling profile. For example, a individual who is emotionally vulnerable will work on their abilities to control their emotions while a individual who believes they can control chance will focus mainly on their incorrect beliefs about gambling.
Before the beginning of each treatment, the Clinique Nouveau Départ – EHN Canada team carefully assesses your profile, as well as the different co-occurring physical, emotional, behavioural and other conditions, in addition to factors that could facilitate remission.
This initial assessment is conducted along with a complete medical checkup.
The level of care you will receive is tailored to your condition and two types of intensive programs are offered:
DURING THIS INTENSIVE PROGRAM, YOU’LL LEARN TO:
Following this intensive period, weekly outpatient follow-ups are offered, including group and individual sessions to allow patients to gain the skills they need to return to their respective communities. Throughout the entire treatment period, patients will benefit from counselling services as well as medical services.
Our team is available 24/7. We encourage you to contact us. We will answer your questions confidentially.
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In a treatise on pathological gambling published in 1561, Belgian-born doctor Juste Pâquier associated gambling addiction with mental illness and described a pathological gambler as a spendthrift who believes they can control chance. Originally considered as an impulse control disorder, gambling disorder (commonly referred to as pathological gambling or compulsive gambling) is now understood and seen as an addictive disorder.
Adapted from the American Psychiatric Association (2013)