Problem Gambling  Services

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Ecker's Problem Gambling Treatment Program offers counseling and self-exclusion services for adults with a gambling disorder and includes an educational component that focuses on at-risk behaviors and the consequences of problem gambling.

Our Certified Problem Gambling Counselors provide:
  • Education on the progression of gambling and the cycle of addiction

  • Identification of what triggers gambling episodes and how to prevent a relapse

  • Review of finances and guidance on how to create a new budget and financial plan

  • Skill development on how to respond to negative feelings and emotions with healthy behaviors

  • Support with the recovery process and development of the goal of abstinence from gambling

Help is a phone call away!

Contact our Intake Department to schedule a confidential assessment for yourself or a loved one.

(847) 695-0484

Responsible Gambling Guidelines

If you're concerned that gambling is becoming more than just a game for you, use these guidelines to moderate your play:

  • Think of the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment.

  • Consider any money you win a bonus.

  • Set a dollar limit and stick to it.

  • Set a time limit and stick to it.  Leave when you reach your limit, whether you're winning or losing.

  • Understand that you will probably lose more than you win, and accept loss as part of the game.

  • Don't borrow money to spend on gambling.

  • Don't let gambling interfere with family, friends, or work.

  • Don't chase losses.  Chances are that you will lose even more money trying to recoup them.

  • Don't use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.

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Keep Things in Perspective

MYTH:  Problem gambling is just a bad habit or a moral weakness.

FACT:  Problem gambling is NOT just a bad habit or a moral weakness. 

 

For many people, gambling is harmless fun, but it can become a problem.  This type of compulsive behavior is often called “problem gambling.”

 

Problem gambling is a serious condition that can destroy lives. 

However, with the help of professional treatment and support, individuals who struggle with problem gambling can put the game in perspective and start to make decisions that will improve their lives.

When Their Problem Becomes Your Problem

If you are the spouse or family member of someone with a gambling disorder, it is important for you to take care of yourself and realize that you are not responsible for your loved one's behavior.  Even if your loved one isn't ready or willing to get help, you may want to consider talking with a counselor to get help for yourself.

We know that taking the first step to talk with your loved one about their problem gambling can be scary.  Remember that you are not alone and that help is available for everyone involved. 

 

When you're ready to talk with your loved one, try to find a comfortable place where you won't be disturbed, and keep the conversation simple and straightforward.

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