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Gambling Addiction Treatment

The Nebraska Gambler’s Assistance Program allows me to provide services free of charge to individuals struggling with a gambling addiction or their family members. This includes gambling evaluations to determine if you have a gambling problem or addiction; individual, family, couples, and group counseling. This is available for the individual struggling with gambling or their family members. The person gambling does not need to be present for counseling for others affected to receive help.

These services are also available via Telehealth.

In addition, I am able to provide education and outreach within the community to increase awareness of the negative impact that gambling can have.

Signs that you or a loved one may be struggling with a gambling addiction:

  • Needing to gamble with more money to get the same excitement from gambling as before.
  • Feels restless or irritable when trying to reduce or stop gambling.
  • Keeps trying to reduce or stop gambling without success.
  • Gambling is frequently on the person's mind -- both reliving past gambling experiences, and planning future gambling events.
  • Gambles when feeling depressed, guilty or anxious.
  • Tries to win back gambling losses.
  • Lies to cover up how much they are gambling.
  • Loses not only money, but also relationships, their job, or a significant career opportunity as a result of gambling.
  • Becomes dependent on other people to give them money to deal with financial problems that have been caused by gambling.

Self-Assessment

The test below is called the NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Problems-Self Administered (NODS-SA) and provides a simple self-test to evaluate your gambling behavior.

Please answer the following 10 yes/no questions honestly:

  1. Have there ever been periods lasting 2 weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences, planning out future gambling ventures or bets, or thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with? 
  2. Have there ever been periods when you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money or with larger bets than before in order to get the same feeling of excitement?
  3. Have you ever felt restless or irritable when trying to stop, cut down, or control your gambling? 
  4. Have you tried and not succeeded in stopping, cutting down, or controlling your gambling three or more times in your life?
  5. Have you ever gambled to escape from personal problems, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings such as guilt, anxiety, helplessness, or depression?
  6. Has there ever been a period when, if you lost money gambling one day, you would often return another day to get even?
  7. Have you lied to family members, friends, or others about how much you gamble, and/or about how much money you lost on gambling, on at least three occasions?
  8. Have you ever written a bad check or taken money that didn’t belong to you from family members, friends, or anyone else in order to pay for your gambling?
  9. Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends? Or, has your gambling ever caused you problems at work or at school?
  10. Have you ever needed to ask family members, friends, a lending institution, or anyone else to loan you money or otherwise bail you out of a desperate money situation that was largely caused by your gambling?


REMINDER: this self-assessment will help you figure out if there is a problem, but only a professional can diagnose if it is a gambling problem, a different problem, or both.

If you answered yes to 1 or more of the above questions, you should seek help. 

The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) pays for confidential counseling with certified problem gambling providers to Nebraskans and their families who suffer a gambling addiction.

A list of all GAP-certified counselors in Nebraska is located at problemgambling.nebraska.gov

GAP 24/7 Helpline - Call 1-800-522-4700

This presentation is sponsored by and paid for by the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program

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