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What are treatments for Gambling Addiction?

Gamblers seldom come forward voluntarily to be treated for gambling addiction. In some cases, hospitalization may help by removing an individual from his or her gambling environment. Gamblers Anonymous, modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous, is an effective treatment for some individuals.

Insight-oriented psychotherapy can also be effective after an individual has stopped gambling for 3 months.

Pharmacological treatment is also effective in helping to manage gambling disorder. Effective medications include antidepressants, notably selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and bupropion (Wellbutrin, Zyban); mood stabilizers, including sustained-release lithium (Eskalith) and antiepileptics such as topiramate (Topamax); atypical antipsychotics; and opioid agents such as naltrexone (ReVia).

Mental Health Library Sources:

Information included in all topics of the Mental Health Library comes from the Desk Reference to the Diagnostic Criteria From DSM-5 and Kaplan & Sadock’s Concise Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry. Complete diagnostic and treatment information may be found within these publications.


Information within the Mental Health Library is not intended to be used for self-diagnosis purposes. Rather, it is provided as a public educational service to make people aware of mental health conditions. Please consult a qualified mental health professional for a diagnosis of any suspected mental health illness.

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