Journal article

A review of pharmacological approaches to intervention in pathological gambling

JR Westphal, AC Jackson, SA Thomas, A Blaszczynski

Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions | Published : 2008


This article provides a brief overview of the development of pharmacological approaches in the treatment of problem or pathological gambling. The rationale for pharmacological approaches during those early stages of this form of intervention was based on attempts to simply block reinforcing affective thrill components inherent in gambling or on clinical judgment that drew analogies between the manifestations of repetitive gambling behavior and compulsions. Speculation that pathological gambling may be related to a dimension of impulsivity and obsessive-compulsive disorders prompted trials of medications shown to be efficacious with obsessive-compulsive disorder, such as the selective seroton..

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