Gamblers Anonymous and
Gam-Anon

Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step support program that holds meetings in approximately 70 communities around Minnesota. Participation in GA is free. MinnesotaGA.com and GamblersAnonymous.org. 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2CALLGA).

Gam-Anon. Gam-Anon is an organization for families and close friends of problem gamblers that has meetings in nearly 20 cities around the state. GamanonMN.com. The toll-free helpline is 1-888-435-7166 (1-888-HELP1MN).

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...

The Problem Gambling Landscape in Wisconsin

Northern Light sat down (virtually) with Rose Blozinski, executive director at the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, to gain some insights about the problem gambling landscape of our eastern neighbor. Here are some highlights of that conversation. Q: How is the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling funded? A: We...

A Review of Sports Wagering & Gambling Addiction Studies — Executive Summary

The following is taken from the National Council on Problem Gambling: This report on recent research suggests that gambling problems may increase as sports gambling grows explosively at the same time that mobile and online technologies evolve to create seemingly unlimited types of wagering opportunities. Here are...

In Their Own Words — Cal’s Story

My nearly 50-year relationship with gambling started when I was six years old. My father, an illegal sports bettor, introduced me to gambling and would take me to sporting events everywhere he placed bets. I remember that he would split his winnings with me on baseball bets because I knew the sport better than him....

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling, also known as gambling addiction or compulsive gambling, is defined as the urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop.