Term Gambling Addiction Relapse Prevention
Code RR-2500
Definition Programs that help compulsive gamblers in recovery develop a relapse prevention plan that will help them avoid reverting to their previous addictive behavior and maintain their recovery. Most plans include the recommendations that people in recovery avoid association with acquaintances who gamble and steer clear of gambling establishments. Other important elements include learning to recognize the triggers that might cause a person to return to excessive gambling and the warning signs that the urge to gamble is reasserting itself (irregular attendance at support group meetings, defensiveness, impulsive behavior, progressive loss of daily structure, periods of depression, self pity, lying); developing coping skills to deal with the urges and cravings when they surface (focusing on the value of recovery in contrast to the negative consequences of gambling, using distractions such as deep breathing or exercise until the cravings subside, and for the long term, developing new skills and a lifestyle that promotes positive patterns of behavior and a willingness to reach out to people who have helped in the past). While the highest risk of relapse is often within the first 3 months of recovery a relapse can happen to anyone whether they have been in recovery for a week or for 30 years.
Created 12/19/19
Changed 3/23/21
Use References Compulsive Gambling Relapse Prevention
Problem Gambling Relapse Prevention
See Also References Compulsive Gambling Service Provider Complaints (DD-1500.1725)
Families/Friends of Individuals With a Gambling Addiction Support Groups (PN-8100.2000-250)
Gambling Addiction Counseling (RP-1400.8000-250)
Gambling Addiction Helplines (RP-1500.1400-240)
Gambling Addiction Residential Treatment Facilities (RM-7000.2500)
Gambling Addiction Screening (RP-5000.5000-250)
Gambling Addiction Support Groups (PN-8100.0500-250)
Gambling Establishment Complaints (DD-1500.4000)
Gambling Regulation (DF-8000.3000)
Gambling Self Exclusion Programs (DF-8000.3010)
External Classification Terms Gambling (NPC N04.03)
Gambling Addiction (NTE F54)
Gambling Addiction Prevention and Treatment (UW
Mental Health (ACH L-01)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (AIRS MH-500)
Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders (CAN MH-500)
Related Concepts
Facet Service
Bibliographic References "Pathological Gambling: A Critical Review", https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK230629/

"Tools of Recovery: Relapse Prevention", Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambline website, https://masscompulsivegambling.org/tools-of-recovery-relapse-prevention/

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