What Is Problem Gambling?

Pathological gambling is an addictive disorder that has been recognized in medical books since 1980. Individuals who suffer from this disorder become dependent upon gambling and lose the ability to control their impulses to gamble. This behavior often results in enormous financial difficulties, marital and family problems and legal and job performance issues. These individuals often develop symptoms of major depression and are at risk for suicide.
The six-week program consists of four, 3-hour sessions a week. The outpatient model allows patients to continue to work and live their lives, but within a structured and proven system of care.

Patients are exposed to the latest in scientific research about this affliction and are armed with the knowledge they need to get better. In addition, interpersonal, family and occupational problems are explicitly addressed.


  • Gambling makes home life unhappy
  • Feeling remorse after gambling
  • Preoccupation with gambling
  • Borrowing money to gamble
  • Gambling to escape worry or trouble
  • Changes in sleeping/eating habits
  • Losing work time due to gambling
  • Gambling to obtain money of debts
  • Considering or committing an illegal act to finance gambling
  • Missing work or school due to gambling
  • Celebrating good fortune by gambling
  • Thoughts of suicide


These questions are provided by Gamblers Anonymous to help you identify a compulsive gambler. Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions. If you believe someone may be addicted to gambling, please call our helpline for help.

  1. Y / N – Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gamling?
  2. Y / N – Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  3. Y / N – Did gambling affect your reputation?
  4. Y / N – Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  5. Y / N – Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties
  6. Y / N – Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. Y / N – After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  8. Y / N – After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  9. Y / N – Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
  10. Y / N – Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  11. Y / N – Have you ever sold anything to finance your gambling?
  12. Y / N – Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
  13. Y / N – Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  14. Y / N – Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
  15. Y / N – Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
  16. Y / N – Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
  17. Y / N – Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  18. Y / N – Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble
  19. Y / N – Did you ever have an urge to celebrate good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  20. Y / N – Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

The mission of The Problem Gambling Center is to provide evaluation, individual and group counseling services to persons who have gambling problems and the family and friends of our clients who are affected by gambling, without regard for their ability to pay.

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