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The Gambling Addiction Client Workbook

The Gambling Addiction Client Workbook

Third Edition

September 2016 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Gambling Addiction Client Workbook is an evidence-based program that uses treatments including motivational enhancement, cognitive-behavioral therapy, skills training, medication, and 12-step facilitation. This workbook walks clients through self-reflective activities and exercises meant to help them recognize the underlying motivations and causes of their gambling addiction and to learn the tools necessary for recovery. The Third Edition of this workbook includes coverage of all 12 steps of recovery. Chapters focused on honesty and relapse prevention as well as a personal recovery plan contribute to client success.

About the Author

Robert R. Perkinson is the clinical director of Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, South Dakota. He is a licensed psychologist; licensed marriage & family therapist; internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor; and a nationally certified gambling counselor and supervisor. In addition to the best-selling The Gambling Addiction Client Workbook, Third Edition, Dr. Perkinson is the author of The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Client Workbook, Third Edition and Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide, Fifth Edition.



Higher Power

Gambling Patient Exercises


Gambling History
Honesty for Gamblers
Step One for Gamblers


Step Two for Gamblers
A Power Greater Than Ourselves

Step Three for Gamblers
The Moral Law

The Key to Step Three

How to Turn It Over

Step Four for Gamblers
Personality Defects

Physical Liabilities


The Way to Recovery

We Stay on Track Through Action

Physical Assets

Mental Assets

The Autobiography

Step Five for Gamblers
Step Six for Gamblers
Step Seven for Gamblers
Step Eight for Gamblers
Step Nine for Gamblers
Step Ten for Gamblers
Step Eleven for Gamblers
Step Twelve for Gamblers
Relapse Prevention for Gamblers
Relapse Is a Process

The Relapse Warning Signs

Interpersonal Factors

When You Experience a Warning Sign

Positive Outcome Expectations

High-Risk Situations

How to See Through the First Bet

Lapse and Relapse

The Behavior Chain

How to Cope With Triggers

How to Cope With Craving

A Daily Relapse Prevention Plan

Social Support System

People Who Can Help You in Recovery

Personal Recovery Plan
Statement of Commitment

Recommendations for a Successful First Year in Recovery
First Day

First Week

First Month

First 3 Months

First 6 Months

By the First Year

Online Recovery Support

Stress Management

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7


Exercise Program

Changing Your Lifestyle

Problem-Solving Skills

Developing Pleasurable Activities

Social Skills

Appendix 1- Daily Craving Record
Appendix 2- Pressure Relief Group Meeting and Budget Form
To the Gamblers Anonymous Group

The Choice Is Yours


To the Creditor


List of Creditors

Repayment Schedule

Financial Summary

About the Author
Recovery Journal
Key features
  • Exercises in all 12-steps are included in the new edition.
  • New photos and cartoons make the text more enjoyable.
  • The text and exercises meet all of the requirements of national and state accrediting bodies.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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