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The Safest Bet Guide to Understanding Problem Gambling | South Central MIRECC

Collage of items associated with gambling including dice, chips, and playing cards.


This guide aims to help Veterans, VA clinicians, and others learn more about issues related to gambling and to locate additional resources for problem gambling.

  • Can be used in sessions with a clinician, in a group with other Veterans, or as a self-help resource
  • Veterans using this guide for self-help are encouraged to seek out a VHA provider or other helping professional to answer additional questions or address any concerns
  • Has four modules that focus on readiness to change, thinking errors and tools, recovery, and Gamblers Anonymous
  • Includes resource list for finding help for problem gambling
  • Updated 2019

This product is a best practice.


Developed By

This updated work was prepared by James D. Broussard, PhD and Frances Deavers, PhD. The original materials and workbook were developed by Jefferson D. Parker, PhD, Randy S. Burke, PhD, Frances Hill, CCGC, and Paul Matens, LCSW in 2000.

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Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

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Last updated: December 19, 2023