Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 219–235 | Cite as

The gambling lifestyle: II. Treatment

  • Glenn D. Walters


Two individuals with records of prior compulsive gambling involvement are profiled in order to illustrate the nature of a gambling lifestyle and describe the process of lifestyle change. The treatment model utilized by therapists proposing a lifestyle interpretation of compulsive gambling behavior is guided by three primary objectives or goals: (1) the cessation of lifestyle activities; (2) the development of skills useful in managing gambling-related conditions, choices, and cognitions; and (3) the implementation of an effective program of follow-up intervention and support. These goals give rise to the three stages of lifestyle intervention — (1) laying a foundation for change, (2) identifying vehicles for change, and (3) establishing a reinforcing nongambling life-style—from which specific change strategies are derived. The implications of this model and the possibility of limited generalizability are discussed.


Primary Objective Treatment Model Lifestyle Change Lifestyle Intervention Limited Generalizability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn D. Walters
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Correctional InstitutionSchuylkill

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