Chris Tuell, EdD, LPCC-S, LICDC, Lindner Center of HOPE Coordinator of Addiction Services, participated in the 2012 Addiction Professional Panel Series on Gambling Addiction and Related Co-Morbidities in Cleveland on Thursday, August 9. Approximately 50 guests were in attendance.
Gambling is one of the most ancient and universal aspects of human behavior. Games of chance have been with us throughout human civilization and in virtually every culture. For the majority of individuals, gambling behaviors do not become problematic. However, for those who become addicted they often find themselves caught in a serious behavioral disorder associated with job loss and unemployment, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, theft, dishonesty, family disruption, and suicide. Research indicates that when a casino is constructed, rates of pathological gambling increase. Recent advances in the understanding of the addictive brain, as well as the co-morbid aspects of gambling, have given rise to a more integrative approach towards treatment. Lindner Center of HOPE offers a clinical diagnostic assessment and treatment approach to pathological gambling, which is integrated and comprehensive. We believe the issue of pathological gambling is a serious disorder that is destroying lives every day, and requires a level of care which integrates the mind, body, and spirit.
Full coverage of the event, including podcasts, photos, and an article, is at http://www.addictionpro.com/page/gambling-addiction-and-related-co-morbidities.