Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Gambling Addiction


Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most commonly used treatment for gambling disorders, but the effectiveness has been limitedly studied.


This research has two primary objectives. The first is to investigate the effectiveness of CBT for gambling problems. The second is to assess clients’ needs regarding their treatment, including exploring the need for a cognitive bias module.


Annually, approximately 200 individuals with a primary gambling disorder and 150 individuals with a comorbid gambling disorder are treated at Jellinek. Data from the past eight years (N=1600 / N=1200) will be analyzed. Additionally, focus groups will be conducted with individuals seeking help at Jellinek and the AGOG foundation, aiming to better understand their needs and concerns and to develop a more effective treatment approach for cognitive behavioral therapy.

Expected Results

The results will have high relevance for the target group and relevant stakeholders: knowledge about the effectiveness of treatment and its improvement can mitigate gambling-related harm, both on an individual and societal level.