Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:
Counseling for compulsive gambling may include
cognitive-behavioral therapy. This type of therapy can help you learn to correct the negative thoughts and beliefs that lead you to gamble, find healthier responses to stress, develop social skills, and prevent relapse. Therapy can also help uncover what led you to compulsively gamble.
There is some evidence that people who compulsively gamble may benefit from medications, such as:
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Adrian Preda, MD Last Updated: 9/15/2014