Treatment Completion in a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service for Problem Gamblers: Clinical Outcome StudyBarry Tolchard1* and Malcolm Battersby2
Health University of New England, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Barry Tolchard
Deputy Head of School Research
Health University of New England, Australia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: August 26, 2013; Accepted date: October 29, 2013; Published date: December 06, 2013
Citation: Tolchard B, Battersby M (2013) Treatment Completion in a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service for Problem Gamblers: Clinical Outcome Study. J Addict Res Ther 4:165. doi:10.4172/2155-6105.1000165
Copyright: © 2013 Tolchard B, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Increased access to gambling is proving to be a great burden on the individuals who partake, their families and society in general. Despite growing evidence for the use of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with problem gamblers, important questions remain unanswered regarding those individuals who do not respond to CBT. This paper compares gamblers who are considered 1) treatment completers, 2) drop-out following an initial assessment and, 3) drop-out after commencing treatment from a specialized CBT service. The results indicate a number of differences between the groups in regard to gambling severity and behaviour, demographic profile and variations in overall psychopathology.