Experience of the Therapeutic Community in People with Gambling Disorder
도박, 치료공동체, 정신건강회복, 질적연구
Gambling disorder; Qualitative study; Recovery; Therapeutic community
29권 3호 pp. 253-263
Purpose: The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the experience of people with gambling disorder, who
participated in the therapeutic community. Methods: Ten adults participated in a therapeutic community for at least
three months and abstinent from gambling for more than six months. The data were collected May 16-August 1, 2019.
Individual in-depth interviews were performed for 35~40 minutes. Results: The data were classified into seven
categories and 14 subcategories using thematic analysis methods. The subjects reported the experience of the
therapeutic community as follow: 1) Trusting in a warm and safe environment; 2) Being comforted by colleagues’
empathy; 3) Recognition of personal problems through colleagues’ stories; 4) Recognition of personal wrong values
through philosophy; 5) Recognition of a personal problem with lifestyle; 6) Empathizing with family members; 7)
Development of the ability to recognize and cope with relapse. Conclusion: The results showed that the therapeutic
community had a positive impact on gambling abstinence and changes in the attitudes of life.