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All MN problem gambling approved providers

are using Telehealth options.

Here is a list of approved providers.

Treatment is often at no cost*.

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the challenges of this
devastating addiction.

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the training needed to treat
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There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Learn more here.

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A list of gambling treatment providers who are members of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. View the list here.

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For Professionals

Information and training for healthcare and addiction professionals with an interest in gambling treatment. Find out more here.

In Their Own Words – Tim’s Story

I had my first big win of $500 as a 7-year old at a church picnic in a small town in Minnesota. I was like a celebrity for a while after that. I chased that feeling for 34 years, becoming very competitive in sports, games, spelling bees and just about everything else. I figured out I had a gambling problem in 1994...

NCPG Conference Roundup

I (virtually) attended the annual conference of the National Council on Problem Gambling in July. Here is a recap of some of the presentations. Industry Trends The conference featured a considerable focus on responsible gambling, particularly in light of the expansion of gambling. This includes sports betting and...

Minnesota Gambling Control Board Plays Critical Role in State Gambling

The Minnesota Gambling Control Board plays a critical role in regulating gambling activity in Minnesota. Northern Light conducted the following Q&A with Matt Gettman, the agency’s executive director. Q: What is the primary role of the Minnesota Gambling Control Board (MGCB)?A: Our role is to regulate the lawful...

Recovering Problem Gambler Leads Way Through Recovery

Jess Stewart’s desire to become an advocate for problem gamblers was born while he was at Project Turnabout for residential gambling treatment in 2016. Four years later, he’s proven to be a highly motivated, steadfast voice for those afflicted with gambling disorder. After graduating from Project Turnabout, Jess...

COVID Mental Health Trends from EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Callers

The following are some trends that have emerged from people calling in to employee assistance programs.  Loneliness is causing increased mental health issues. This seems to be an underlying theme if clients are far from their support systems or have spent a lot of time alone. Issues from the past, including previous...

Canterbury Park Reopens with Hope and Caution

After shutting down for nearly three months, the Canterbury Park Card Casino opened in mid-June — with equal amounts of caution and hope. “We’re as well prepared as we can be,” says Michael Hochman, Vice President of Casino Operations at Canterbury Park. “Everyone is doing everything they can to make sure our gaming...

Gambling Disorder – Diagnosing the "Hidden Addiction"

When you meet with a patient, the topic of addiction is not typically top-of-mind. And on the rare occasions when you suspect that an addiction is playing a role in your patient’s condition, you’re probably thinking about drug or alcohol addiction. However, other, less obvious addictions can be causing distress and poor health. One such lesser-known addiction is gambling disorder.

Are You Gambling Away Your Retirement?

Did you know that seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups of gamblers? According to one study, gambling was the most frequently identified social activity among adults over 65, with casinos and bingo surpassing movies, lunch, shopping and golf as preferred social activities. Learn more about why seniors are vulnerable to gambling addiction and the signs of problem gambling.

Retirement is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Signs of Gambling Addiction

Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for compulsive gambling? Here are eight warning signs of a gambling problem:

  1. Increased frequency of gambling activity
  2. Increased amount of money gambled
  3. Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  4. Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  5. Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
  6. Lying about how money is spent
  7. Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
  8. Denying there is a problem

Are You at Risk for Problem Gambling?

Two questions can help determine if you’re at risk for problem gambling.

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Gambling: From Recreational to Addictive

Most people enjoy gambling in a responsible manner. But some develop an addiction to gambling, suffering social, emotional and financial devastation. Virtually anyone—men or women, young or old, and those from every religion, race and socio-economic background—is at risk for developing a gambling problem. Read about the signs of problem gambling here.

Recovery from gambling addiction is possible.

Randy's Story

My name is Randy and I’m a recovering compulsive gambler. My intent is to provide insight into my recovery and that of others who I have come to know during the past six and half years. The title Recovery Lines has special meaning for me. Not just about the numerous helpful resources that are available for compulsive gamblers, but also about how I viewed myself . . .
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There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Learn more here.