Table 2


Module 1: the beginning of change and your goal
  • General overview.

  • Introduction to fictional companions.

  • Reflections on personal gambling.

  • Setting a personal reduction goal.

Module 2 : identifying risk situations and goal-achievement strategies
  • Identifying personal high-risk situations.

  • Recognising seemingly irrelevant, but triggering decisions.

  • Strategies to change gambling habits.

  • Resisting gambling in specific situations (eg, situations involving negative emotions).

  • Developing personal strategies to reduce/abstain from gambling.

Module 3: craving and irrational thoughts
  • Concept of craving.

  • Ways to deal with feelings of craving.

  • Learning about irrational thoughts that lead to more frequent and longer gambling, and how to defuse these irrational thoughts.

Module 4: working on problems and dealing with relapses
  • Relationships between gambling, problems and depressive symptoms.

  • Skills to deal with solvable and unsolvable problems.

  • Relapse prevention.

  • Dealing with relapses.

Module 5: preserving achievements
  • Review of programme.

  • List of five personalised points to help secure achievements after the programme is complete.

Module E1: alcohol and nicotine
  • Discuss connection between gambling and alcohol and nicotine.

  • Tips and strategies to drink and smoke less.

Module E2: meeting your needs
  • Strengthening social contacts.

  • Decreasing excessive ruminations.

  • Developing healthier sleeping habits.

Module E3: challenging negative thoughts
  • Discuss the link between thoughts, feelings, behaviours and bodily sensations.

  • Review common thinking errors (or cognitive distortions).

  • Introduce balanced thinking.

Module E4: relaxation and mindfulness
  • Simple introduction to the concept of mindfulness.

  • Progressive muscle relaxation.

  • Imagination exercises.