Title

Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for the Treatment of Gambling Disorder among U.S. Military Veterans: Case Series and Feasibility

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-30-2021

Publication Title

Clinical Case Studies

First page number:

1

Last page number:

15

Abstract

Gambling disorder (GD) occurs at higher rates in U.S. veterans than civilians. The present case series describes the application of a manualized mindfulness treatment used with U.S. veterans seeking outpatient treatment for GD at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) was developed to treat substance use disorders, but its core principles can be readily applied to the treatment of behavioral addictions. However, there has been little empirical evidence demonstrating its successful application for GD, and none demonstrating its successful implementation with U.S. veterans. Three veterans receiving treatment for GD participated in a 9-session adapted MBRP protocol. Following completion of treatment, the veterans reported less frequent engagement in their gambling behavior, fewer cravings, and less intense craving. The veterans also experienced increased self-efficacy in managing urges, less impulsivity and emotion dysregulation, and improved functioning. Preliminary results provide support for a larger treatment trial for veterans seeking treatment for GD.

Keywords

Veterans; Problem gambling; Gambling disorder; Mindfulness-based relapse prevention

Disciplines

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | Mental and Social Health

Language

English

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