A Swedish Mutual Support Society of Problem Gamblers

Article

Abstract

Mutual support societies for problem gamblers have existed in Sweden for 20 years. They have helped more people with gambling problems than any other institution inside or outside the Swedish health care system. This paper outlines the background of these societies and describes the meetings of one of them. Data come from interviews with members of a local society and participation in mutual support meetings. It is argued that these mutual support societies provide help in a variety of ways and in all phases of recovery from gambling problems. In particular, they help people form personal narratives about the origin, progression, and resolution of their problems, narratives that give insight and guide recovery. These mutual support societies are valuable complements and alternatives to professional treatment.

Keywords

Problem gambling Self-help Mutual support Treatment Narrative psychology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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