Pathological Gambling

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.

How we can help you

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:


  • Understand your addiction as a disease
  • Understand how your addiction impacts your life and the people around you
  • Develop an abstinence and relapse-prevention plan
  • Manage relapse triggers and warning signs (stress, etc.)

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.

Do you have a gambling problem and want to get out of it?

Our team is available 24/7. We encourage you to contact us. We will answer your questions confidentially.

1 (888) 488-2611

What is Pathological Gambling?

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.

Mini Quiz

A gambling problem?

  1. Are you constantly preoccupied with gambling experiences, past or future, or with thinking about ways to get money with which to gamble?
  2. Do you need to gamble with increasingly larger sums of money to achieve the desired state of excitement?
  3. Have you made repeated but unsuccessful efforts to control, reduce or stop gambling?
  4. Are you agitated or irritable when you try to reduce or stop gambling?
  5. Do you gamble to avoid problems in your life or to get out of unpleasant moods?
  6. After losing, do you go back and gamble to try to break even (recoup your losses)?
  7. Have you lied to your family or friends to hide the true extent of your gambling habit?
  8. Have you jeopardized or lost a significant emotional relationship, a job or educational or employment opportunities because of your gambling?
  9. Do you sometimes rely on others to give you money and get you out of your desperate situations caused by gambling?

Adapted from the American Psychiatric Association (2013)

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