The Minnesota Department of Human Services provides services for more than one million Minnesotans in 87 counties and 11 tribes.
For many people, gambling can be a harmless form of entertainment. But when gambling goes fro a recreation to an obsession, it becomes a problem,. Whether it is buying lottery tickets, going to a casino or playing poker with friends, problem gambling can cause negative psychological, physical, social and vocational consequences, IT affect people of all cultures, ethnicities, ages, genders and socioeconomic categories.
If not addressed, problem gambling can lead to pathological or compulsive gambling, which is a diagnosable mental health disorder. Compulsive gambling is a progression addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, chasing' losses and an inability to stop gambling despite serious negative consequences.
If gambling is causing problems in your life, you may have a gambling addiction. To find out if you have a problem or are addicted to gambling, you can:
Problem gamblers typically go through four phases as their problem develops. Every situation is different but you may want to watch for Common Phases of Problem Gambling.
Problem gamblers aren’t the only ones affected by a gambling problem. The following characteristics are often seen in the family members, friends and co-workers of a problem gambler.
State funds are available for treatment for compulsive gamblers, their families and/or concerned significant others. Minnesota residents who meet the clinical diagnosis for compulsive gambling and demonstrate financial need may have all or part of the cost of treatment paid.
The state will also pay for up to 12 hours of intervention services for a family member or concerned significant other who is a Minnesota resident and is negatively impacted by problem or compulsive gambling. A family member or concerned significant other may be seen even if the gambler is not in treatment.
Resources are available so everyone can afford treatment. Call 1-800-333-HOPE for free, confidential information and referral to services in your area.