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December 2011

NCRG Conference Interview with Reece Middleton: Residential Treatment for Gambling Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 12, 2011

Click below for the NCRG blog team interview with the Reece Middleton, executive director of the Louisiana Association on Compulsive Gambling. In this role, he oversees the development of the CORE Center of Recovery, a free residential gambling treatment program for Louisiana residents. In this interview, Mr. Middleton explained the work of the CORE Center of Recovery and discussed some of his best practices on gathering outcome data for inpatient treatment of gambling disorders. Mr. Middleton also gave advice about how to start a residential treatment program for pathological gamblers.

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Audio Interview with NCRG Conference Poster Award Winner Dr. Iman Parhami

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 7, 2011

During the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, researchers presented more than 37 posters that showcased the latest studies on gambling disorders and responsible gaming. The posters included research such as a study of young adults that explored the connection between measures of problematic gambling behavior and impulsivity, and research that looked for associations of computer game involvement and problem gambling behavior among online players.

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NCRG Insider Interview with Dr. Scott Teitelbaum: Addiction and Recovery

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 5, 2011

Dr. Scott TeitelbaumA personal struggle with addiction and his own road to recovery led Dr. Scott Teitelbaum to build a nationally recognized addiction treatment program at the University of Florida College of Medicine. At the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, Dr. Teitelbaum explained more about his own recovery process and how it informs his research and clinical practices.  Dr. Teitelbaum is the vice chair and the chief of addiction medicine in the department of psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Teitelbaum is also the medical director of the Florida Recovery Center.

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Rates of Gambling Disorders in Iowa Mirror National Estimates

by: NCRG Staff | Dec 2, 2011

In October the Iowa Department of Public Health released a statewide report on gambling behavior and gambling disorders (Gonnerman & Lutz, 2011). Using the NODS instrument[1] the study found the rate of pathological gambling (PG), the most severe form of the disorder, in the past 12 months to be 0.3 percent. Using the PGSI instrument, researchers found that past-year rates of PG to be 0.6 percent. These rates are similar to the prevalence rate found in large-scale national surveys, such as the National Comorbidity Survey Replication (NCS-R) that reported a past-year rate for pathological gambling of 0.3 percent (Kessler et al., 2008). The Iowa report used two screening measures to collect data: the National Opinion Research Center’s DSM Screen (NODS) (Gerstein et al., 1999) and the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), a validated brief measure based on the  Canadian Problem Gambling Severity Index (CPGI) (Ferris & Wynne, 2001).

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