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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

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A most interesting and informative article.

We as a research community need more of Alex's and Lia's kind of hands-on investigation! Several of my past clients were involved in the original research. Not only did Lia Nower explain the project well in all of her correspondence, but she visited our BetNoMore Gambling groups (in St. Louis Missouri) to explain and answer questions, We need more of this kind of actual and factual research on a clinical level.

At the other end of the research spectrum... I am amazed at the number of inquiries from reputable schools and researchers who develop theories and postulate conclusions without ever seeing, talking to, or interviewing gambling clients currently in treatment, or the clinicians providing that treatment. In one instance, in which I was briefly involved as an interviewer for a prestigious medical school research project , clients were recruited off the street and given payment for their half hour interviews and an experimental medication. Not only did I (as a clinician and as a recovering gambler) quit the study, we found that some subjects promptly went to the casino with their newly found money.

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