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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470933070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470933077
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you or someone you love has a problem with gambling, thisresearch-based guide offers a practical approach to controlling thedestructive urge to gamble. Change Your Gambling, Change Your Lifeis an accessible book that explains how gambling problems arerelated to other underlying issues such as anxiety, moodfluctuation, difficulty with impulse control, and substance abuseproblems.

With compassion and insight, the authors offer a series ofself-tests to help evaluate the degree of the gambling problem andanalyze the psychological and social context of the behavior. Thebook includes a toolbox of easy-to-apply strategies and approachesfor ending the impulse to gamble, as well as commonsense advice foravoiding slips and preventing backslides.

Praise for Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life

"???'Change' is in the title of this fine book, and the booksucceeds in offering some of the clearest, most open-mindedguidance for change that you could hope for. If you suffer fromcompulsive gambling or care about someone who does, this book is amust-read." —Lance Dodes, MD, assistant clinical professor ofpsychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"A practical self-help approach for recovery from gamblingproblems based upon scientific principles and extensive clinicalexperience. This book is a wonderful resource for individuals witha gambling addiction seeking to improve their lives and forclinicians encouraging individuals to make these changes."—Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, professor, Psychiatry, andcodirector, Interna-tional Centre for Youth Gambling Problems andHigh-Risk Behaviors, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

About the Author

Howard Shaffer, PhD, a pioneer in the field of gambling addiction, is an associate professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Division on Addiction 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 three years at the Cambridge Health Alliance's Division on Addiction and is currently pursuing a DrPH 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 fifteen best-selling health titles.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dirk Hanson on March 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
It's nice to see a manual for problem gamblers that doesn't insult their intelligence or assume they're familiar with the latest neuroscience study. This book takes gamblers as they are, and gives them guidelines for achieving their chosen goal--either abstinence, moderation, or no change at all. In clear, non-judgmental chapters, Shaffer explains the connection between gambling and various mental disorders, and argues that troubled gambling is a behavioral addiction worthy of the name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor Ortiz on July 22, 2014
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I’m a social worker with twenty years of experience, and this book is by far the best self-help book that I have read. It is refreshing to see a book so practical and clear that is based on scientific methods and experience. This book serves as a resource for individuals seeking recovery as well as professionals who treat gamblers; it is a must read.

Victor Ortiz, MSW
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