is an association with risk in pathological gambling, more so than
financial gain for most individuals. Individuals diagnosed with this
disorder are frequently highly competitive, overly concerned with approval
from others and prone to other addictive type disorders.
and maladaptive pattern of gambling which causes difficulties with
interpersonal, financial, and vocational functioning.
most effective treatment has developed through adaptation of the
Alcoholics Anonymous model to treat alcohol and drug addictions.
varies depending on the individual. Some argue that there is no cure for
this disorder (much like alcoholism), but that prolonged or continual
abstinence is possible.