Gambling Addiction

Also known as: Problem Gambling

Gambling addiction is an impulse-control disorder. If you’re a compulsive gambler, you can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when it has negative consequences.

Do you have a gambling disorder?

  • Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled?
  • Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?
  • After losing, do you return to get even or “chase” your losses?

You may have a gambling problem if you answered "yes" to these questions. 

Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Problem Gambling Diagnosis: A biopsychosocial assessment is performed to determine the level of impairment caused from pathological gambling. Our specially certified staff will complete an assessment and use the findings to develop an individualized treatment plan.

  • Outpatient: The outpatient program is designed to provide additional support and to build prevention skills. The goal is to build appropriate skills and achieve permanent changes in the individual’s gambling behavior.

  • Individual Counseling: Individual counseling sessions are one-to-one encounters between the individual and the counselor. These sessions are designed to complement group sessions and allow the individual and the clinician to develop an individualized treatment plan. You and the clinician will develop strategies to move towards resolution of treatment issues. Individual sessions typically occur once a month. 

  • Family Counseling: For those receiving treatment, we encourage the inclusion of family members in some of the individual sessions, if clinically appropriate. We are also able to conduct individual counseling sessions one-on-one with family members even if their loved one is not receiving treatment for his/her problem gambling.

Contact Us

Providence St. Peter Hospital Chemical Dependency Center