Compulsive Gambling is a progressive illness that is diagnosable and treatable. It can be as debilitating as alcoholism and drug addiction.
Often misdiagnosed, compulsive gamblers experience extreme euphoria and depression - depending on whether they are winning or losing. The suicide rate is four times higher in gamblers than non-gamblers.
In the desperation phase, the gambler becomes obsessed with gambling to cover debts and spends increased time and money on gambling. Increased blaming of problems on others results in desperate attempts to get out from under the weight of the debt. When all attempts fail, the gambler may contemplate or attempt suicide as a way out.
We offer in depth gambling assessments conducted by state certified counselors who specialize in evaluation and treatment of compulsive gambling. The goal of the assessment is to help clients identify the extent of their gambling issues and to recommend appropriate therapeutic options. We also provide Rule 82 Court Ordered assessments.
Assessments can be scheduled at 612-672-2736.
A separate program, the Fairview Recovery Services Compulsive Gambling Phase 1 program meets days a week for 24 sessions. Participants meet with counselors one-to-one, talk with other gamblers in group therapy, attend lectures and view films. The concurrent Family Program enables family members to receive helpful information, as well as counseling, during the six-week program.
Our staff members are specially trained to help compulsive gamblers and their families. They include:
- Primary counselors
- Family specialists
Our Phase II program begins immediately following primary treatment. It helps to ensure the success of stopping the gambling habit. Phase II Groups meet 2 days per week for 20 sessions and are led by a gambling-specific-trained counselor. Patients have the opportunity to continue into a Phase III program based on continued treatment needs.