December Issues &Amp; Insights Examines Motivational Interviewing For Gambling Addiction

Recovering from addiction is all about changing one’s behavior. Anyone who has tried to diet, quit smoking or get off the couch and exercise knows that changing behavior can be very challenging. It is especially true for individuals struggling with an addictive disorder. To assist people with changing their abuse of alcohol and drugs, specialists in addiction have developed motivational interviewing (MI), a widely disseminated clinical approach that uses a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence about changing the addictive behavior (Miller & Rose, 2009). William R. Miller, Ph.D., Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Mexico, led the development and testing of the original concept.

Research has shown successful outcomes when MI is employed by alcohol and drug counselors. But what about disordered gambling?This month’sIssues & Insightswill focus on the origins of motivational interviewing, its principles and how David Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Calgary in Canada, is testing this approach with disordered gamblers.

Miller, W. R., & Rose, G. S. (2009). Toward a theory of motivational interviewing.American Psychologist, 64(6), 527-537.

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