Problem Gambling Resources

What is Gambling Disorder?

Summary page describing Gambling Disorder from a mental health perspective, including the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder

How Gambling Becomes an Addiction

In this one-minute video, Dr. Howard J. Shaffer describes what happens in the brain when gambling becomes an addiction.

Treating Addiction as a Syndrome

In this excerpt, Shaffer et al. describe substance (e.g., alcohol) and behavioral (e.g., gambling) addiction as a singular addiction with multiple expressions.

Change Your Gambling, Change Your Life

Dr. Howard J. Shaffer authored this book about self-guided recovery from gambling-related disorders.

Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition

A self-help toolkit of resources to help start the journey toward recovery from problem gambling behavior

Referrals

A collection of organizations that offer a variety of free resources plus places to start when it’s time to get help.

Practice Guidelines for Treating Gambling-Related Problems: An Evidence-based Treatment Guide for Clinicians

This website was designed for treatment professionals who want to learn more about evidence-based treatment approaches for clients experiencing gambling-related problems.

Expressions of Addiction

A photographic essay of case studies of gambling and other expressions of addiction, by Division Distinguished Faculty Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S., Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Medical School

The BASIS Special Series on Gambling Disorder

A full month of science reviews and op-eds related to Gambling Disorder and its relationship with other expressions of addiction

The WAGER (Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report)

The Division’s free monthly online research review of recent, cutting-edge gambling science