Gambling Use Disorders can affect anyone, impacting people from all walks of life. For many, gambling is fun and entertaining but for others, gambling has caused them loss of the things they value most.
Compulsive gambling is a disorder. Once individuals have an addiction to gambling, the choices they make are no longer protecting the things they value. Here are the possible signs of a gambling problem.
- Gambling more often and spending more money
- Gambling for longer periods of time
- Gambling in spite of negative consequences, such as large losses or poor academic performances
- Gambling as means to cope with loneliness, anxiety, or depression
- Committing illegal acts or lying in order to sustain the gambling
Prairie Ridge provides gambling treatment services in the form of individual counseling. Assessments for gambling are free of charge, as well as the patient’s first three sessions. Gambling assessments can be scheduled by calling the main office at any time or calling 1-800-BETS-OFF.
Patients may also access an on-site Gambler’s Anonymous (GA) meeting weekly.