Current Addiction Reports

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 299–306 | Cite as

Latest Developments in Treatment for Disordered Gambling: Review and Critical Evaluation of Outcome Studies

  • Igor YakovenkoEmail author
  • David C. Hodgins
Gambling (J Derevensky, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Gambling


Purpose of review

Over the last decade, treatments for disordered gambling have developed rapidly. The goal of this paper is to review and to critically evaluate the literature published on the treatment of disordered gambling in the past 3 years. Important findings are emphasized and accompanied by the authors’ personal observations on controversial results or hypotheses of interest.

Recent findings

Cognitive-behavioral interventions have been evaluated in treatment of Hong Kong Chinese individuals as well as in combination with mindfulness-based approaches. Personalized-feedback interventions have received increased attention, with brief treatments demonstrating overall efficacy. Pharmacological treatments continue to receive only limited support. On the other hand, web-based treatments appear to show promise.


Cognitive-behavioral and brief treatments remain the most empirically supported approaches, but new inventive combinations of treatments such as web-based therapies are emerging. Future research could benefit from diversification of types of treatments evaluated as well as an examination of what is considered “evidence-based.”


Disordered gambling Treatment Review Gambling Evidence-based Pathological gambling 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Igor Yakovenko and David C. Hodgins declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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