If you or someone you love has a problem with gambling, this research-based guide offers a practical approach to controlling the destructive urge to gamble. Change Your Gambling, Change your Life is an accessible book which explains how gambling problems are related to other underlying issues such as anxiety, mood fluctuation, difficulty with impulse control, and substance abuse problems.
With compassion and insight, the authors offer a series of self-tests to help evaluate the degree of the gambling problem and analyze the psychological and social context of the behavior. The book includes a toolbox of easy-to-apply strategies and approaches for ending the impulse to gamble, as well as commonsense advice for avoiding slips and preventing backslides.
Howard Shaffer, PhD, a pioneer in the field of gambling addiction, is associate professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, and the director of the Division on Addictions at The Cambridge Health Alliance. He has an active private practice, and consults internationally to a variety of organizations in business, education, human services, law and government. Ryan Martin, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Education and Promotion at East Carolina University. John Kleschinsky, MPH, spent 3 years at the Cambridge Health Alliance’s Division on Addictions and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in social and behavioral sciences at the Boston University School of Public Health. Liz Neporent, MA, is an award winning health and medical journalist who has written 15 bestselling health titles.