mary-everson-pictureClub Recovery is a Minneapolis-based outpatient addiction treatment center specializing in alcohol and drug abuse and compulsive gambling. The center began operations in 1998 and has been providing treatment for gambling addiction since 2000.

The gambling treatment and rehab program is directed by Mary Everson, LICSW, LADC, who has more than 20 years experience in mental health and addiction. Mary has worked with clients recovering from a range of addictions and has insights about the commonalities that all addictions share.

Club Recovery provides both individual and group therapy for gamblers, as well as family therapy and interventions for family and friends to confront the gambler in their life. “Neither individual therapy nor group therapy is always enough,” says Mary. “We find that one begets the other, and therefore we encourage our clients to participate in both forms of therapy.”

Club Recovery emphasizes a cognitive behavioral approach where the focus is on raising awareness of one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors. While the center can incorporate a traditional 12-step approach when appropriate, this is not the primary emphasis. Counselors are also expert in motivational interviewing and in health realization techniques, which are based on the idea that the nature of thought affects the experience of reality and that individuals can change how they react to their circumstances by becoming aware that they create their own experiences through their thinking.

“We believe that a cognitive approach brings new self-awareness that helps individuals to recognize their triggers and urges to gamble, and helps them develop techniques to manage impulses and make positive changes in their lives,” says Mary. “We try to get our clients to understand their impulse to gamble so they learn the root of the problem,” says Mary. “Abstinence from gambling alone is not enough.”

Mary recognizes that a problem gambler may use gambling as a Band-Aid for coping with other serious issues. “Issues with family and friends, relationship issues, financial problems, legal problems, and dysfunctional lifestyles may all be underlying causes or consequences of the addicted gambler’s behavior.”

Mary has seen some changes over her 16 years treating compulsive gamblers. “I think there’s more awareness about problem gambling now because there’s so much of it,” says Mary. “But problem gambling remains a very hard addiction for most people to understand. They just don’t understand a gambler’s mentality and how they got there.”

For more information about Club Recovery, call (952) 926-2526 or visit