Browsing Alberta Gambling Research Institute by Subject "Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)"
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- ItemOpen AccessAssessing substance abuse and problem gambling treatment as an investment in population health(Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), 1997-06) Szava-Kovatts, GeorgeThe purpose of this paper is to critically review the economic evaluation literature on substance abuse and problem gambling treatment. It is intended to assist the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) in describing and positioning its addiction treatment services from a return-on-investment (ROI) perspective in terms of supporting individual recovery, community well-being, and population health. Economic evaluation is important because resources are scarce. Choices have to be made regarding the resources committed to various substance abuse and problem gambling treatment programs. Economic evaluation is an organized approach to structuring a decision to commit resources to one use rather than another. It makes explicit the relevant altematives, viewpoints, and provides measurement of inputs and outputs.
- ItemOpen AccessFemale problem gamblers in Alberta : a secondary analysis of the Gambling and Problem Gambling in Alberta study(Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, 1994) Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse CommissionTo examine the prevalence of "problem" gambling in the Province, Alberta Lotteries and Gaming commissioned a study entitled Gambling and Problem Gambling in Alberta (Wynne, Smith,and Volberg, 1994). Amongst the findings, this study reports that 84% of the population gamble responsibly; that is, they gamble for entertainment, recreational, or social reasons and have never experienced problems related to their gambling. However, the study also estimates that 4.0% of the adult population in Alberta are currently experiencing gambling problems and that an additional 1.4% of the adult population are currently probable pathological gamblers. Following the release of this study in January, 1994, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) was entrusted with a mandate from the government to develop preventive, educative, and treatment responsal programs and services to mitigate problem gambling throughout the Province. To assist AADAC counselling staff in this important work, a secondary analysis of the Alberta study data was conducted relative to problem gambling in the female population and this report includes the findings and implications of this secondary data analysis.
- ItemOpen AccessProceedings of the Interprovincial Think Tank on Youth and Gambling : October 21-22, 1999, Winnipeg, Manitoba(Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), 2000)The Interprovincial Think Tank on Youth and Gambling held at the Hotel Fort Garry in Winnipeg, Manitoba October 21-22, 1999 was a partnership project of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM), Saskatchewan Health and the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC). The main purpose of the Think Tank was to provide people working with youth and youth gamblers the opportunity to discuss and share thoughts and ideas regarding gambling prevalence, resiliency and perceptions among young people. The ultimate goal was to promote relevant and effective community responses to youth and gambling issues. Three papers were commissioned for the Think Tank. The papers focused on the issues of youth prevalence of problem gambling, risk and resiliency, and perceptions of youth gambling.
- ItemOpen AccessUnplugged from the machine : VLT problem gambling treatment clients(Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), 1997-11) Smoliak, Alexander RoyTo gain further insights into video lottery terminal (VLT) problem gambling, the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) launched a clinical study of its treatment clients who experienced problems with VLT gambling. In August and September of 1996, 84 clients completed a self-administered survey at participating treatment sites from across the province. Data were gathered on their behaviors, attitudes and motivations during play, speed of onset and severity of problem gambling; and motivations, expectations and suggestions for treatment. The analysis also incorporated clients' South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) scores and Client Monitoring System (CMS) admission data. The purpose of the study was to take a closer look at VLT clients in treatment and to gather information to assist treatment and prevention staff in program development and refinement. The study only includes those individuals who sought treatment for their gambling problem. Consequently, the results cannot be interpreted to represent the characteristics or experiences of all gamblers who play VLTs or even those gamblers experiencing problems with VLT play in the population.