It Takes 2 to Tango, Maybe 3: A Serendipitous Discovery in the Treatment of VLT Gambling Addiction

It Takes 2 to Tango, Maybe 3: A Serendipitous Discovery in the Treatment of VLT Gambling Addiction
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Author: Manswell, Clyde
ISBN: 9781894431835
Pub. Date: Sep 1, 2012
Size: 8.50″ x 5.50″
Pages: 48

This book speaks to the power of commitment and availability as a treatment tool to effect the most change. In traditional therapy the therapist sits on one side of the process and the client sits on the other. In Dr. Manswell's approach, the therapist, while still respecting the boundaries of therapist and client, becomes part of the solution. Trust, availability, respect, commitment and patience shared equally amongst these three key players makes the difference. Gambling addiction is such a puzzle to those not afflicted with this disability. Dr. Manswell and his clients help us gain insight into the thinking process and emotions that are at war within the gambler as they struggle to overcome the devastating hold gambling has over their lives. It is a story of pain, but more importantly it is a story of hope and of perseverance — and, finally, of success.
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This book speaks to the power of commitment and availability as a treatment tool to effect the most change. In traditional therapy the therapist sits on one side of the process and the client sits on the other. In Dr. Manswell's approach, the therapist, while still respecting the boundaries of therapist and client, becomes part of the solution. Trust, availability, respect, commitment and patience shared equally amongst these three key players makes the difference. Gambling addiction is such a puzzle to those not afflicted with this disability. Dr. Manswell and his clients help us gain insight into the thinking process and emotions that are at war within the gambler as they struggle to overcome the devastating hold gambling has over their lives. It is a story of pain, but more importantly it is a story of hope and of perseverance — and, finally, of success.
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ISBN 9781894431835
Publication Date Sep 1, 2012
Author Manswell, Clyde
Illustrator No
Pages 48
Size 8.50″ x 5.50″
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SPG Book Review
Dr. Manswell’s book It Takes 2 to Tango, Maybe 3 reveals the complexity of treating gambling addicts. This is the true story of two women who are close friends and gambling buddies. Over time, both women come to be patients of Dr. Manswell’s. This book documents their lives and their struggles with the addiction of gambling.

Those who do not suffer from this affliction will be surprised by the creative ways gamblers readjust their lives to accommodate their gambling habit. Gambling addicts will work overtime, cut out regular vacations, and eat jelly sandwiches just so they can finance their trips to the casino. What is even more interesting is that the gamblers themselves are unaware and even surprised when their adaptive behavior is first pointed out to them.

The book is not only inspirational it is a page-turner. You will want to know, what is the “ultimate discovery” that these two gambling friends ultimately find that helps them to finally beat their gambling addiction. With Dr. Manswell’s help and professional insight, he takes the reader along the 10 year journey that he and these women persevered through to recovery.

At one point when the casino changes their payout method from the sound of clinking coins dropping into the tray to spitting out paper printouts, one of the women comes to the realization that this minor change actually diminished her interest in gambling. Though this was not the ultimate key to her recovery, it does reveal the huge complexity of the addiction process. Dr. Manswell continually holds a compassionate mirror up to these women, showing them how their lifestyles have changed over the years and how they do have the resources inside of themselves to change. He even ventures into their dreams, which evolve and shift as the women begin to develop real personal insight into their own behaviour.

This short but powerful book is a fascinating read for both the professional and those with only a layman’s interest in psychology.
Review by Catherine Fuchs (SPG) / (Posted on 2015-02-22)