Gambling Addictions


Gambling Addictions



 

It has never been easier for people to gamble legally, comfortably and conveniently on a wide variety of games and events. Unfortunately, for some people gambling becomes much more than a harmless form of entertainment. They spend more time thinking about gambling, they gamble much more often, and they lose much more money than they can afford. Gambling becomes an obsession, not a pastime. Compulsive gambling is destructive to families, friendships, careers and communities. When gambling becomes a problem, professional help is available. 

If you, or someone you care about, has experienced any of the following, seeking a gambling evaluation should be considered:

* Preoccupation with gambling (eg: preoccupied with reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture or thinking of ways to get money to gamble
* Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to achieve the desired excitement.
* Has repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back or stop gambling
* Gambles as a way of escaping from problems or gambles to improve depressed mood
* After losing money gambling, often returns another day to "get even"
* Lies to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with gambling
* Has committed illegal acts such as forgery, fraud, theft or embezzlement to finance gambling
* Has jeopardized or lost a significant relationship, job or educational or career opportunity because of gambling
* Relies on others to provide money to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

If any of the above criteria sound too familiar, consider scheduling an evaluation with one of our addictions counselors.

Our six week program includes:

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Intensive Outpatient Treatment (Group Sessions 3 times a week)
* Individual Counseling
* Family Counseling
* 26 week aftercare program

Professional Staff:

Cynthia Binde, LAC, Coordinator - Addictions Services
Meghan Brink, MS, LAC