Gambling disorder and its relationship with substance use disorders: Implications for nosological revisions and treatment.
Grant, Jon E
The American Journal on Addictions
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Grant, J. E., & Chamberlain, S. (2013). Gambling disorder and its relationship with substance use disorders: Implications for nosological revisions and treatment.. The American Journal on Addictions, 24 126-131. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12112.x
BACKGROUND: Gambling disorder, recognized by the DSM-5 as a behavioral addiction, affects .4-1.6% of adults worldwide, and is highly comorbid with other mental health disorders, particularly substance use disorders (SUDs). OBJECTIVES: To provide a concise primer on the relationship between gambling disorder and SUDs, focusing on phenomenology/clinical presentation, co-morbidity, familiality, cognition, neuroanatomy/neurochemistry, and treatment. METHODS: Selective review of the literature. RESULTS: Scientific evidence shows that gambling and SUDs have consistently high rates of comorbidity, similar clinical presentations, and some genetic and physiological overlap. Several treatment approaches show promise for gambling disorder, some of which have previously been effective for SUDs. SCIENTIFIC SIGNIFICANCE: It is hoped that recognition of overlap between gambling disorder and SUDs in terms of phenomenology and neurobiology will signal novel treatment approaches and raise the profile of this neglected condition.
This research was supported by a Center for Excellence in Gambling Research grant by the National Center for Responsible Gaming
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1521-0391.2013.12112.x
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/253030