FIND HELP

If you need to talk with someone about a mental health or addiction issue, here are a number of resources for help:

Minnesota Problem Gambling Helpline,
1-800-333-HOPE (4673)

National Suicide Prevention Line,
1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project for LGBTQI teens and young adults,
1-866-488-7386

Minnesota Children’s Mental Health Helpline,
1-800-528-4511

Crisis Text Line, available free 24/7 by texting MN to 741741

Spanish Helpline,
1-877-AYUDESE,
1-877-298-3373

Korean and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) Helpline:
1-877-900-8585

While gambling disorder can be as challenging as any addiction to overcome, treatment is available — and it works. Help is available for both problem gamblers as well as concerned others. This section details some helpful resources, including treatments, support groups and other actions that gamblers or concerned others can take.

SELF ASSESSMENT

Are you concerned that your gambling is more a problem behavior rather than a fun form of entertainment? If you answer yes to any of the following questions, you may want to talk with someone or review some of the resources we’ve provided on our site. This isn’t about judgment. It’s about checking in with yourself to see if your current gambling behavior may be creating more risk than you can afford to take.

  • During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?
  • During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?
  • During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare?

There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Whether it’s Gambler’s Anonymous or a treatment counselor, each are available to meet you where you are without judgment. Treatment for gambling addiction works.

Minnesota CERTIFIED PROBLEM GAMBLER COUNSELORS

The Minnesota Problem Gambling Treatment Program is managed by the state’s Department of Human Services. Treatment is available at no cost if you have no insurance, partial insurance or your insurance policy won’t cover gambling treatment, regardless of income level. Call 1-800-333-4673 (HOPE). Due to COVID 19, telehealth assessments and counseling are also available until at least June 2021.

Minnesota has one residential problem gambling treatment center – Vanguard Center for Gambling Recovery at Project Turnabout in Granite Falls. This program is also covered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, regardless of your income level or insurance status.

TREATMENT RESOURCES

Treatment is available and funded by the state for Minnesotans with gambling problems. A phone call to the Minnesota Problem Gambling Helpline could change someone’s life. 1-800-333-4673 (HOPE). Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the helpline offers free, confidential help from counselors trained in crisis intervention. Anyone can call the helpline about their own gambling or their concern for someone else. Below is a list of Minnesota state-approved compulsive gambling providers.

 

LIST OF MINNESOTA APPROVED PROVIDERS

Carver County

Resilience Counseling
(612) 750-3376
Mary Dahnert, mdahnert@resiliencecounseling.com
resiliencecounseling.com
1107 Hazeltine Blvd, Suite 410, Chaska, MN 55318

Goodhue County

Midwest Recovery
(651) 846-9010
Info@midwestrecovery.org
midwestrecovery.org
217 Plum Street, Suite #130 Red Wing MN 55066

Hennepin County

Club Recovery Inc
(952) 926-2526
Craig Johnson cjohnson@clubrecoveryllc.com
clubrecoveryllc.com
6550 York Ave S, #620, Edina, MN 55435

Connections Counseling & Recovery Services
(763) 370-8880
Joyce Terhorst portia9614@gmail.com
7550 France Ave S, Suite 220, Edina, MN 55435

Fairview Compulsive Gambling Program
(612) 672-2736
Susan Campion scampio1@fairview.org
fairview.org
2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Problem Gambling Intervention, LLC
(612) 558-5364
Roger Anton rpanton@juno.com
Minneapolis VA Medical Center, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Vinland National Center OP Services
(763) 479-4882
Don Raasch donr@vinlandcenter.org
vinlandcenter.org
675 NE Stinson Blvd #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mille Lacs County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann maumann.cindi@gmail.com
freedomcenterinc.org
140 2nd Ave NE, Milaca, MN 56353

Olmsted County

Christina Pristash
(507) 202-0701
Christina Pristash pristashlmft@gmail.com
counselingrochester.org
1500 1st ave NE, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55906

Ramsey County

Alcohol and Gambling Assessments
(651) 485-6229
Renee Collova-Bergee reneebergee@comcast.net
1397 Geneva Ave N #102A, Oakdale, MN 55128

Pathways Counseling
(952) 200-4605
John Von Eschen jvon64@gmail.com
pathwayscounselingcenter.org
1919 University Ave W, Suite 6, St Paul, MN 55104

Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.
(612)749-3309
info@pirimn.org
pirimn.org
2147 University Ave W, Suite 206, St Paul, MN 55114

Rice County

Midwest Recovery
651-846-9010
info@midwestrecovery.org
midwestrecovery.org
303 1st Street NE, Suite #365 Faribault, MN 55021

Paula Detjen
(507) 581-0430
Paula Detjen Paula@DetjenCounseling.com
detjencounseling.com
14041 Burnhaven Dr, Suite 145, Burnsville, MN 55337

Saint Louis County

Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment Gambling Services
(218) 723-8444
Brenda DeLeeuw brenda@cadt.org
cadt.org
26 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55805

Sherburne County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann naumann.cindi@gmail.com
freedomcenterinc.org
105 6th Ave S, Princeton, MN 55371

Washington County

Bridges and Pathways Counseling
(612) 719-7966
Paul Mladnick mladnick.paul50@gmail.com
1068 S Lake St, Suite 109, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Venthouse Counseling, Jason Walter
(612) 562-6766
Jason Walter LPC, LADC aadrjay@gmail.com
venthousecounseling.com
8530 Eagle Point Blvd, #100, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Alcohol and Gambling Assessments
(651) 485-6229
Renee Collova-Bergee reneebergee@comcast.net
1397 Geneva Ave N #102A, Oakdale, MN 55128

Yellow Medicine County

Project Turnabout/ Vanguard Center for Compulsive Gambling
(320) 564-4911 1-800-862-1453
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM info@projectturnabout.org
projectturnabout.org
660 18th St, Granite Falls, MN 56241

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HELP RESOURCES

GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS (GA)

Gambler’s Anonymous is based on spiritual principles and is rooted in the 12-step recovery program. It is appropriate for anyone who finds that gambling is a growing concern in their life.

Gamblers Anonymous has meeting locations throughout the state.

Open Meeting
Spouses, family and friends of the gambler are welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

Closed Meeting
Only those with a gambling problem, or those who think they may have a gambling problem and have a desire to stop gambling, may attend and participate.

Modified Closed Meeting
Same as a “Closed Meeting” except members vote to include certain groups, such as health professionals, guests attending with first time members, and persons with other addictions in need of a meeting.

www.minnesotaga.com
www.gamblersanonymous.org

1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2CALLGA)

GAM-ANON

Like GA, Gam-Anon supports family and concerned others of problem gamblers. There are a few groups that meet in Minnesota, and open GA meetings welcome family to attend. Even if your gambler isn’t ready to seek help, family members can get help.
www.gamanonmn.com
The toll-free helpline is 1-888-435-7166 (1-888-HELP1MN).

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www.ncpgambling.org – The National Council on Problem Gambling is the nation’s advocate for problem gambling. Its website has extensive information on the topic of problem gambling.

www.nojudgement.com – This website details problem gambling information and treatment in Minnesota.

www.getgamblinghelp.com

www.collegegambling.org – A site developed by the International Center for Responsible Gaming to help campus administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses.

www.samhsa.gov – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

www.facebook.com/NoJudgment – Facebook page for adults.

www.operationresponsiblegambling.org  – The statistics tell the tale: those who serve in the military have higher rates of problem gambling. Here’s why.

www.facebook.com/Northstarpg

www.linkedin.com/Northstarpg

www.instagram.com/Northstarpg

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Working your recovery program is hard. To help assist those who may feel tempted to gamble online or visit a casino or card room, there are a few tools that may be helpful. None are foolproof, but if you are committed to your recovery, these tools may help.

GAMBAN – a voluntary, self-exclusion tool for online gambling sites.

Given that many gamblers may be moving online, especially during COVID-19 times, NPGA is offering individual subscriptions for an online self-exclusion tool called Gamban. This tool enables the gambler to block tens of thousands of online gambling sites on all devices. NPGA has purchased one-year subscriptions that can block up to 15 devices in one household. If you are interested, please email sst@northstarpg.org and a link will be provided to set up the account.

VOLUNTARY SELF-EXCLUSION FROM LAND-BASED CASINOS and CARDROOMS

In Minnesota, anyone interested in self-exclusion for a fixed time (six months, one year, three years, lifetime, etc.) from either a casino or card room may do so by signing a voluntary agreement with each separate facility. By signing this contract, you are agreeing not to enter the premises for a specified time and the casino/card room will cease to send promotional materials to your mailing address. If you should break the agreement during the specified time, the operator has the right to charge you with trespassing and/or if you should win a jackpot of $1,200 or more, you will not receive it.

TRUE LINK

TrueLink is a debit card that allows you or a family member to control exactly how much money can be spent, and on exactly what items or activities.

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