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Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is the most widely known and accessible intervention for gambling-related problems, such as psychological distress, financial difficulties, family dysfunction, legal problems, and occupational difficulties associated with gambling activities. Problem gambling is formally recognized as the addictive mental health disorder of gambling disorder (GD) in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Gambling problems were previously recognized as pathological gambling (an impulse control disorder) in DSM-III and DSM-IV. GD is also sometimes known as problem gambling or addictive gambling. Problem gambling was not formally recognized prior to 1980, but GA has addressed gambling-related problems under the term compulsive gambling since 1957. GA is a twelve-step program modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous, based on the mutual aid of ...

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