[Self-help program: a new tool to facilitate the access to treatment for problem gamblers].

Revue medicale de Bruxelles

PubMedID: 26164965

Saeremans M, Noël X, Verbanck P. [Self-help program: a new tool to facilitate the access to treatment for problem gamblers]. Rev Med Brux. 2015;36(2):75-83.
Shame, fear of stigmatization, denial, accessibility to and the cost of treatment program may explain why only a small proportion of problem gamblers sought clinical treatment. In the hope to overcome these barriers, the Gambling Clinic and Other Behavioral Addictions of C. H. U. Brugmann (Brussels) has developed its own self-help program for excessive gamblers. Our goals were to foster readiness to change gambling behaviors and when appropriate to facilitate the transition from self-help program to classical face-to-face clinical intervention. In a sample of 172 problem gamblers who participated, 40% had never sought help (e. g. , clinical treatment) and/or never attempted quit gambling. Interestingly, for some, internet-based self-help treatment preceded their determination for seeking a traditional face-to-face therapeutic setting. Those results led us to discuss this program as a valid clinical tool within a broader health care setting in excessive gamblers.