Counseling for Gambling Disorders
Do you have gambling-related problems? Take the screen by answering these three questions.
Heritage invites all individuals to participate in screening for recognizing gambling-related problems using a short, 3-item screener.
During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling? (Yes or No)
During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled? (Yes or No)
During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare? (Yes or No)
If you answered “yes” to any of these three questions, then call us at 217-362-6262 to schedule assessment.
Heritage offers assessment and treatment for individuals seeking help with problem gambling. Labels such as problem gambling are often used to describe individuals who are experiencing some adverse consequences as a result of their gambling but do not quite meet the criteria for a diagnosis of pathological gambling.
Gambling Disorder is indicated by FOUR (or more) of the following:
Preoccupied with gambling
Unable to cut back or control
Irritable or restless when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
Risks more money to reach desired level of excitement
Gambles to escape problems or depressed mood
Lies to family and others about gambling
Risks or loses relationships or job because of gambling
Relies on others for financial needs caused by gambling
Current research estimates that the prevalence of disordered gambling is between 1-2% of the population in the US and Canada.
Other Sources of Help
Problem Gambling Hotline: 1-800-522-4700
Gamblers Anonymous: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/
State Resources Available:
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling
Text: “ILGAMB” to 53342