ADDICTA: The Turkish Journal on Addictions
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Gambling Dreams in Pathological Gambler Outpatients: A Pilot Study


Department of Psychology, ASL Viterbo, Civita Castellana, Italy

Addicta 2020; 7: 174-179
DOI: 10.5152/ADDICTA.2020.20053
Read: 880 Downloads: 797 Published: 30 September 2020

Drug dreams, i.e., dreams in which drug-addicted patients use or attempt to use drugs, are a well-documented clinical phenomenon in drug addiction. These dreams offer a useful way to understand the vicissitudes of drug craving in patients who are drug addicts as well as their ability to cope with it. Authors consider drug dreams as a valuable clinical tool in the treatment of drug addiction. Although pathological gambling disorder is a form of behavioral addiction that has several aspects in common with substance addiction, gambling dreams (i.e., dreams about gambling) are seldom described in scientific literature. This study aimed to provide the first systematic investigation on the presence of “gambling dreams” among abstinent pathological gamblers. A total of 10 individuals who arrived consecutively for outpatient treatment at the Centre for Drug Addiction were evaluated on the basis of South Oaks Gambling Scale. They also completed a questionnaire on gambling dreams. The results showed that most pathological gamblers report gambling dreams. These dreams can be considered in terms of frequency, content, and relationship with craving in the same way as drug dreams for drug addiction. Further studies might also shed light on the clinical utility of gambling dreams for treatment of pathological gamblers.

Cite this article as: Colace, C. (2020). Gambling dreams in pathological gambler outpatients: A pilot study. Addicta: The Turkish Journal on Addictions, 7(3), 174-179.

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