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A Swedish mutual support society of problem gamblers

Journal article
Authors Per Binde
Published in International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Volume 10
Issue 4
Pages 512-523
ISSN 1557-1874
Publication year 2012
Published at School of Global Studies, Social Anthropology
Pages 512-523
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-011-9335-...
https://gup.ub.gu.se/file/80902
Keywords gambling, problem gambling, pathological gambling, disordered gambling, treatment, mutual support, self-help, narrative psychology
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy, Public health medicine research areas, Substance Abuse, Social Anthropology

Abstract

Mutual support societies for problem gamblers have existed in Sweden for 20 years. They have helped more people with gambling problems than any other institution inside or outside the Swedish health care system. This paper outlines the background of these societies and describes the meetings of one of them. Data come from interviews with members of a local society and participation in mutual support meetings. It is argued that these mutual support societies provide help in a variety of ways and in all phases of recovery from gambling problems. In particular, they help people form personal narratives about the origin, progression, and resolution of their problems, narratives that give insight and guide recovery. These mutual support societies are valuable complements and alternatives to professional treatment.

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