ERIC Number: EJ828794
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
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Differences in Addiction Severity between Social and Probable Pathological Gamblers among Substance Abusers in Treatment in Rio de Janeiro
Mathias, Ana Carolina R.; Vargens, Renata W.; Kessler, Felix H.; Cruz, Marcelo S.
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v7 n1 p239-249 Jan 2009
There is a strong association between pathological gambling and substance abuse. The objective of this study is to identify the differences between substance abusers with and without gambling problems. A cross sectional study was conducted interviewing with Addiction Severity Index (ASI) and South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS), alcohol and drug abusers (N = 147) who sought treatment in specialized treatment facilities. SOGS was used to access and classify individuals into two groups: social gamblers (n = 96) and probable pathological gamblers (n = 32). Scores on ASI provided data about severity on seven areas. Several differences were found between the two groups. Cocaine was the major reason for treatment among drug abusers with gambling problems. This group had more severity problems in the areas of drug use, psychiatric, legal and family-social. Furthermore, they had more suicidal ideas, parents with gambling problems and started to play earlier than the social gamblers group. These results indicate the need to improve the services that provide treatment to alcohol and drug abusers, including routines for screening to early identification and professional education on specific treatment to substance abusers with pathological gambling.
Descriptors: Addictive Behavior, Severity (of Disability), Substance Abuse, Individual Differences, Identification, Drug Abuse, Cocaine, Suicide, Therapy, Professional Education, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil