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1st Edition

No More Bets
Overcoming Problem Gambling

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ISBN 9781593858261
Published April 10, 2008 by Guilford Press

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Book Description

This straight-talking, empowering video program offers essential information on how problem gambling develops, its damaging impact on individuals and families, and how it can successfully be treated. Through candid first-hand accounts from four recovering gamblers, along with illuminating commentary from mental health experts, the program shows gamblers, their families, and therapists:

*How an alluring diversion becomes a shameful secret as problem gambling takes hold

*Common myths and misperceptions about gambling--and why winning big is so unlikely

*The benefits of individual and group therapy and self-help approaches

*Ways to overcome setbacks in recovery and make meaningful, lasting changes

Winner--CINE Golden Eagle Award



About the Presenters
H.G. Nelson is a well-known Australian television host and comedian.
Alex Blaszczynski, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia, Michael Walker, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney, Australia.


"This video is an excellent resource for individuals who want to know more about problem gambling and its treatment. Therapists can use it to become more familiar with cognitive distortions, especially among machine players. Problem gamblers can use it to help them understand their thinking errors and what is in store for them in the therapy process. The video sends an optimistic message. While it takes a lot of work, recovery is possible. Kudos to the producers!"--Henry R. Lesieur, PhD, Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program, Rhode Island Hospital

"No More Bets, Please! should be on every practitioner’s shelf. For students and trainees, this is an outstanding introduction to the harms of problem gambling. For professionals, the DVD demonstrates empirically based techniques that are useful in any therapeutic arsenal. The DVD can be the focus of therapy or can be viewed as useful supplemental material by clients at home. For example, interviews with experts regarding the impossibility of long-term winning can be viewed and discussed with clients, as this section is aimed at directly correcting the cognitive misperceptions that categorize abusive gambling. For problem and pathological gamblers and their families No More Bets, Please! is unmatched. It shows real clients successfully employing evidence-based behavioral and cognitive techniques. What makes this DVD especially attractive is that these methods are applicable to a spectrum of problem severities. There are no magic cures, but there is hope. This is what recovery is about, and why I am excited about this video program. There simply is no other resource like this available."--William McCown, PhD, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Louisiana at Monroe

"This DVD provides a comprehensive look at the downward spiral of problem gambling and the path to recovery. Interviews with gamblers reveal the allure, the misconceptions, and the behavior patterns that lead to excessive gambling--and its devastating effects. Experts provide commentary on the illogical thought patterns related to this disorder and dispel myths about the likelihood of winning large amounts of money. This program is a fitting teaching tool for students and counselors who want to know more about problem gambling, and for gamblers searching for hope and change."--Lia Nower, JD, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies, Rutgers University

"Pathological gambling is a significant public health problem, yet few clinicians are experienced in treating it. This DVD provides a comprehensive overview along with detailed descriptions of some of the latest techniques for assessing and treating patients with gambling problems. Clinicians will benefit from this useful guide, and individuals who suffer from compulsive gambling and their loved ones will find much-needed support and information."--Nancy M. Petry, PhD, Professor of Medicine, UConn Health
-This terrific DVD explores the true costs of gambling and examines the myths behind the obsession. There is no glorification of gambling as it is exposed for what it is and does–damages the lives of those who gamble and of those around them....This is probably one of the best all-round teaching and therapy tools available on the market today. The price is quite affordable considering the excellent content and information. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone looking for a realistic, unbiased overview of problem gambling. This should be mandatory viewing for parents with their teenage and college-aged children....4 stars!--Doody's Review Service, 3/7/2008