Treatment Works

The good news about gambling addiction is that treatment is effective, and recovery is real and attainable. Minnesotans who have struggled with problem gambling have found hope, and ultimately success.



The Story of One Man’s Video Gaming Addiction

Cam Adair, a recovering video game addict, recounts his 10-year-long video addiction in in a Tedx talk.

Here are a few such success stories.

Veteran Chases Adrenalin Rush Of Combat
Like many other veterans, William faced the challenge of trying to match the adrenalin rush that combat provided after his military deployment was over. The closest thing he could find was gambling, but that got out of hand. Read more

Supportive Family Inspires Gambler to Address Addiction
David had every intention of ending his life when his arrest for stealing from his employer revealed the depth of his gambling addiction. But thanks to a supportive family and counseling for both David and his family, he is thriving in recovery. Read more

A Gambling Recovery Not Predicated On Willpower
Ann always thought getting over a gambling addiction was a matter of willpower. But counseling taught her otherwise. Once she realized it was a choice, things changed for the better. Read more

Both Recovering Gamblers, Husband and Wife Conquer Addiction
Charlie and Kathy are both recovering gamblers. They are also husband and wife. The unique circumstances of their meeting — in gambling treatment — has helped them with both their recovery and their marriage. Read more

From Black Jack to Slots, a Story of Addiction and Recovery
When you consider that Christine was exposed to gambling at age nine, had a father that was a bookie, and won a $15,000 jackpot from a $20 slot play that was foretold in a dream she had the night before, you begin to understand how Christine developed a gambling addiction. Read more

Ready to Explode From Within, Gambler Seeks Help
Denny vividly remembers the voice inside his head: “When is this going to stop?” He was ready to explode from the guilt and dishonesty welling up inside. Then he found help. Read more

Spouse of Sports-Loving Gambling Endures Long, Challenging Road
What does it feel like to endure the destruction brought about by a spouse’s gambling addiction? Dianne details the trials and tribulations of being married to a sports-loving gambler whose cycle of lies and deceit continued for eight years. Read more

Kid Gambler Becomes Addiction Advocate
Fred was a child phenom, establishing a reputation as a kid who could play poker at a high level. He dreamed of becoming a World Series of Poker champion. But along the way, he developed addictions to both drinking and gambling, eventually “ping-ponging” from one back to the other. Now well into his recovery, Fred is still passionate about addiction, but it’s part of a chosen career to help others. Read more

Relapse is Often Part of Gambling Recovery
Jack learned the hard way that relapse is often a part of recovery. And he also learned that with each relapse, the crash and burn happened more quickly. Read more

Struggling with Dual Addictions, Woman Finds Life-Changing Help
Like many gambling addicts, Jane was on the brink of committing suicide. Her dual addictions, gambling and alcohol, left her feeling that she’d had enough of life. But a call to an old counselor changed her life. Read more

Son of Problem Gambler Watches Addiction Ravage Family
Jim grew up in middle-class, small town Minnesota. But his father was a big gambler and drinker, addictions that would ultimately lead to a family intervention that changed Jim’s life—and his understanding of addiction. Read more

Embezzling CEO Thrives on Second Chance After Gambling Disclosure
Mary, a president and CEO, stole money from her company to support her gambling. Later, when it was time to come clean, she addressed the company’s board of directors, the very people she lied to. To her surprise, they gave her a second chance. She has not disappointed them. Read more

Spouse of Gambling Addict Takes Care of Herself First
Rachel’s trust in her husband was so destroyed by his lies about his gambling that she was afraid to take weekend getaways with her girlfriends. She ultimately got a divorce, realizing that that was no way to live. She still loves him, even as he continues to decline the help he so desperately needs. Read more

Overcome By Addiction, Gambler Realized Help Was Within Reach
To many, Randy seemed like the ideal husband, father, neighbor and coworker. But inside he was a little insecure boy who was unfulfilled, aimless and escaping from life. Eventually, he found his way, grasping on to the “recovery lines” that he realizes were actually everywhere. Read more

Auto Accident Provides Turning Point for Longtime Gambling Addict
Each person who embarks on a recovery from gambling addiction has a different turning point. For Sally, it was a car accident that could have resulted in death or paralysis. She began to live a different life the next day. Read more

Eighteen Birthday Celebration Sparks a Gambling Obsession
Like so many of his friends, Eddie celebrated the evening of his eighteenth birthday by going to the casino. As he placed his first bet on the table, he experienced a thrill he’d never felt before. He stayed until sunrise and returned several times each week, sometimes skipping sleep. He was hooked and it began to destroy his life. Read more

A Gambling Addict Discovers Relationship Between Drinking and Gambling
It wasn’t until he went to treatment for gambling addiction that Bob realized he also had a drinking problem. And the more he learned about addiction in general, the more he understood how his drinking and gambling went hand in hand. Read more

Help for anyone suffering from gambling addiction is just one call away. Call the Minnesota Problem Gambling Helpline at (800) 333-HOPE. The helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Millions in ‘Sin Taxes’ Flowing into Minnesota’s coffers during COVID-19 Pandemic

By Susan Sheridan Tucker, NPGA Executive Director (as published in the Friday’s edition, Nov 27th, of the Star Tribune I cringe when I see “sin taxes” associated with gambling. I understand the intent. Too often we view excessive gambling as a moral weakness. We believe these “problem or compulsive gamblers” lack the...

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...

Gambling Recovery Starts Here

Treatment for gambling addiction works. Recovery allows one to experience a new, better world with emotional, spiritual and physical health. It starts with a call to the Minnesota Gambling Helpline at 1-800-333-HOPE or a visit to Treatment for gambling addiction is offered at no cost in the state of Minnesota.