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For many people, gambling is a source of personal excitement and social pleasure.  For others they find themselves locked into a cycle that leaves a trail of personal destructiveness and financial cost. How to get someone to attend for treatment and what is the best method is a valid concern. A number of approaches emphasise behaviour therapy, various expressions of cognitive therapy and addiction control, while others have followed doing “what seems best” in a given situation. Cairnmillar’s method for treating problem gambling has been the subject of major research. We have evidence to support positive outcomes for the method and the clients who participated in it. The process can assist in getting on top of negativity, dealing with frustration, reducing feelings of abandonment and lead to more effective coping methods.


The process of Contextual Modular Therapy for problem gambling involves a commitment of six weeks. We take an integrative treatment approach to the problem, bringing together several schools of therapy. Our research shows that gambling clients benefit from a plan of therapy that deals with the overt problem and also recognises the hidden influences on behaviour.  The findings indicated that within a time-limited cost effective engagement, clients found value in its proactive and its positive psychological emphasis. Members of families affected by problem gambling have also found it useful and supportive in helping them to cope more effectively.