Are there differences between how you should treat a behavioural addiction when compared to a drug addiction?

Wednesday, 23 October, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:30
Guided poster tours room


A Portuguese Clinical Psychologist from the DICAD travelled to the UK to examine the practice of the National Problem Gambling Clinic under Dr Bowden-Jones.

Working together with Andrew Bayston a British therapist, they came to similar conclusions on the treatment of these different addictions:


  • Although there are differences in the superficial features of a drug addiction and a gambling addiction, the psychological and social problems that the patients present with are often the same.
  • There are no fundamental differences in how treatment is approached when comparing the National Problem Gambling Clinic with national addiction services in Portugal.
  • For both addictions, successful treatment outcomes are dependent on having different options available to the client and putting them at the centre of their own treatment plan.
  • Both the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Portuguese national addiction services treat addiction as a public health problem, not a judicial problem.




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