Problem Gambling

The odd visit to the casino, the racetrack, or football bet on a big game can be a fun, social form of recreation and entertainment. When gambling is done in moderation, and the gambler is able to stay in control of both the amount of money, and time, they are spending on gambling, there is no cause for concern. But when does gambling become a problem? Do you have concerns about the frequency of your own gambling, or the gambling habits of a friend or family member? Wondering what constitutes a gambling problem? Problem gambling is classified as an impulse control disorder, and is a form of addiction. If your own gambling, or that of a loved one, is disrupting daily life, (including work, school or family), is going beyond financial means, or if the gambler cannot control their impulse to gamble, chances are there is a problem. If gambling is being used as a relief, or an escape from the pressures of everyday life, or being used to overcome feelings such as anxiety, loneliness, or depression, these are red flags that it is no longer simply a form of entertainment. The internet provides gamblers an overly-accessible means of gambling, making it more and more possible for gamblers to hide their addictions. The good news is, we have many resources available to help identify, diagnose and treat a gambling problem.

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Taking Back Your Life

Women and Problem Gambling

Up-to-date, guided support to help women with a gambling problem achieve the rewards of a hopeful life, free of addiction Up-to-date, guided support to help women with a gambling problem achieve the rewards of a hopeful life, free of addiction Today, more than five million women in the United States struggle with problem gambling, and this number continues to increase as casinos, online card rooms, and other venues continue to multiply.In this groundbreaking book, addiction expert Diane Rae Davis, Ph.D., offers women everywhere the support they need to face this debilitating problem and take the necessary steps to regain control of their lives. Offering information on preventing relapse, finding support groups, and healing relationships with loved ones, Davis uses the most up-to-date research and methods for treatment to help women gamblers:identify what makes them vulnerable to addictionrecognize the costs and consequences of gambling behaviorssee what it means to "hit bottom"determine how to begin and continue on the road to recovery using a virtual toolbox of techniquesEach section of this user-friendly guide highlights real success stories of women who have gone through the same issues and treatment strategies, and who have discovered the rewards of beating a gambling problem and reclaimed hope for their lives.Diane Rae Davis, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University. She has researched and written extensively on addiction and recovery, specifically with regard to women in recovery from compulsive gambling.

When the Chips are Down

Problem Gambling in America

Americans now spend more money on gambling each year than on movie tickets, recorded music, theme parks, spectator sports, and video games combined. For most people, wagering is an enjoyable diversion, but for a sizable minority gambling becomes a compulsion, with devastating effects for individuals and their families. An estimated 5.5 million American adults are problem or pathological gamblers, and another 15 million can be considered at risk for problem gambling.In this book, Rachel Volberg delves into the darker side of the recent growth of lotteries, casinos, and other forms of gambling in this country, arguing that problem gambling should be considered an issue of public health and addressed accordingly. She describes the prevalence of problem and pathological gambling, details its costs to society, and recommends steps to improve monitoring, prevention, and treatment of this affliction.

Counselling for Problem Gambling

Person-Centred Dialogues

Counselling and support for people with a gambling problem is a rapidly growing area. This book offers the reader an opportunity to experience the person-centred encounter and appreciate the difficulties associated with problem gambling whilst taking into account the most recent developments within the gambling industry. Counselling for Problem Gambling also serves to inform the gambling industry and its regulators of possible issues, the effects of the industry’s decisions, and associated difficulties. Trainees and experienced counsellors will find this book invaluable, as well as problem gamblers, their friends and families. It will also be a useful resource for government bodies, and policy makers and shapers with an interest in the effects of gambling on society.

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for Problem Gambling

Therapist Manual

This book is a treatment manual providing guidance for therapists treating clients with gambling addictions. In this book the authors use a cognitive behavioural approach and provide a session by session guide for overcoming problem gambling. Essential topics covered include: assessment and psychoeducation cognitive behavioural strategies to stabilize gambling identifying and challenging thinking errors relaxation and imaginal exposure problem solving and goal setting managing negative emotions relapse prevention: maintaining a balanced lifestyle and coping with high risk situations A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programme for Problem Gambling supplies detailed information to help the therapist and client understand gambling behaviours, as well as practical advice on techniques that can be used with the client to change these behaviours. This practical guide includes handouts and exercises that can be downloaded by purchasers of the print edition. It will provide helpful guidance for addiction counsellors and therapists worldwide.

First Steps Out of Problem Gambling

'First Steps' is a new series of short, affordable self-help on a range of key issues. In First Steps out of Gambling, Lisa Mills and Joanna Hughes draw on extensive experience, both professionally and personally to address the issue of gambling addiction. What is gambling? How does it become an addiction? How to recognise an addiction. How to take the first steps away from gambling. Other titles in the First Steps series include: Anxiety, Bereavement, Depression, Eating Disorders and Problem Drinking.

Gambling and Problem Gambling in Britain

Despite a rapid increase in the availability of many forms of gambling, there has been little serious study in the literature of the likely effects. This book seeks to fill that gap by reviewing what is known about gambling in Britain and studying work on the nature, prevalence and possible causes of problem gambling. Drawing on the history and recent British studies on the subject, Gambling and Problem Gambling in Britain gives an in-depth theoretical and practical viewpoint of this subject. Areas covered include: * gambling in Britain since Victorian times * expansion of gambling in the late twentieth century * what we now know about problem gambling and its treatment * a consideration of the future of gambling in Britain. This book will be invaluable for professionals, trainees and academics in the areas of counselling, primary care, probation and social work.

Women and Problem Gambling

Therapeutic insights into understanding addiction and treatment

Addiction is much misunderstood. Women and addictive gambling even more so, and for many years women have suffered in silence. This book explores how lonely, troubled lives and damaging relationships lead to the trap of problem gambling, the anxiety and chaos whilst locked inside, and then offers realistic hope of a way out. With the significant increase in women gambling problematically, Women and Problem Gambling aims to answer the often asked question 'who is to blame?' the text covers: the role of the gambling industry the role of society women’s relationships with others and themselves what ' hitting rock bottom ' truly is Case studies illustrate how gambling begins as harmless escapism and how stressful and sometimes painful lives, combined with spiralling debts, lead to desperation to avoid thoughts, feelings and the reality of life in chaos. Women can, and do, stop gambling, and the author shares anecdotes from patients, and discusses therapeutic models and practical strategies to demonstrate how this is possible. Women and Problem Gambling is based on the author's research and theories developed throughout her extensive practice. The insights will be of value to anyone wanting to understand or work with problem gambling in women; from a woman with a problem herself, thorough to family, friends and any healthcare professionals or therapists involved in her care and treatment.

In the Pursuit of Winning

Problem Gambling Theory, Research and Treatment

As gambling become ever more ubiquitous, more people are risking their finances, family lives, and health in their desire to be the winner that takes it all. This book brings together an international panel of experts to present a wide variety of perspectives on problem gambling, and test popular addiction and disease models in the field. Early chapters examine the psychology of gambling, before moving on to the pastime’s associated irrational ideas. The seven chapters in the second half are devoted to evidence-based interventions from a variety of clinical orientations. Case examples, Q&A sections, and a glossary add extra readability to the coverage.

Working with Women's Groups for Problem Gambling

Treating gambling addiction through relationship

Why do so many women with gambling addiction relapse? Lifelong recovery requires much more than to just stop gambling. Women’s groups provide long-term benefits and support and have proven to be highly successful in promoting recovery from gambling addiction. By following the story of a real women’s group for problem gambling over the course of a year, Liz Karter explains how, for women, both the cause of and the cure for gambling addiction lies in relationship. Karter shows clearly how learning to face and cope with real life situations and relationships is essential to maintain recovery. She shares the themes which run through each women’s group, such as fear of trusting others, and the guilt, shame and risk associated with being truly seen and heard. Women’s Groups for Problem Gambling shows that with a combination of specialist intervention, women’s group support, courage and compassion, women can learn to stop running from their addiction and instead find joy and support in building relationships and communities. This highly accessible book provides a unique opportunity to gain a very personal insight into the group process, both for therapists and clinicians and for women wishing to better understand their addiction.

Counseling Problem Gamblers

A Self-Regulation Manual for Individual and Family Therapy

Over the past decade, legal wagering has expanded rapidly in North America. In 1998 alone, people lost 50 billion dollars in legal betting and it is estimated that illegal wagering is twice that amount. A recent government report, based on the broadest population survey, concludes that the lifetime and pathological gamblers in the U.S. range between 4 and 10 million persons and is growing. If we include the families affected by problem gambling then the potential impact is indeed prodigious. Virtually no community in the U.S. and Canada is left untouched by entertainment or problem gambling. Treating problem gambling has evolved from a small group of practitioners in the 1980's working in specialty impatient units into an international enterprise that affects the caseload of many mental health professionals. Owing to its quiet origins, problem gambling treatment strategies are not well known throughout the clinical community. Consequently the average clinician is him/herself "learning as they go." This approach does not benefit either client or therapist. As the book's first chapter makes clear, problem gambling differs significantly from substance abuse, its nearest clinical relative. Not attending to these differences leads to poor results and clinical failure. This book is the one essential tool needed by clinicians treating or likely to treat problem gambling. Written by a clinician with wide experience, it is intended for the general clinician treating or likely to treat problem gambling desiring a comprehensive, yet user-friendly guide. Assessment and treatment of problem gambling and those affected by it is discussed Includes diagnostic instruments developed by the author An integrative approach is taken with a special focus on cultural concerns and clinical applications for women and minorities Integration of spirituality in treatment is covered

PROBLEM GAMBLING AND ITS TREATMENT

An Introduction

This book is an introduction to the topic of problem gambling and its treatment. Throughout the book, a variety of different data and information is drawn upon to understand problem gambling and its treatment. The data is based on solid research whenever possible. This includes the results of both survey research and case studies. The book follows a logical sequence, beginning with the development of an understanding of problem gambling and ending with a discussion of different kinds of treatment. Chapter 1 deals with the various terms that have been used to describe problem gambling. The focus of Chapter 2 is problem gambling as an addiction. Chapter 3 focuses on the assessment and diagnosis of problem gambling. Chapter 4 deals with the question of how widespread is problem gambling? In Chapter 5, the social costs of problem gambling are explored. In Chapter 6, how people find their way to treatment and obstacles to seeking treatment are dealt with. Chapter 7 discusses the primary strategies for the treatment of problem gambling (behavioral and cognitive therapy). Relapse is dealt with, too. Gamblers Anonymous, a self-help recovery group, is discussed in Chapter 8. Chapter 9 deals with public policy issues in the treatment of problem gambling. The book will be useful as an introductory text for students taking courses in counseling, mental health and illness, social work, social problems and public policy. Public policymakers involved in the legalization, expansion, and regulation of commercial gambling will also find the book useful.

A Clinician's Guide to Working with Problem Gamblers

Problem gambling is a recognised mental disorder and a significant public health issue internationally. A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Problem Gamblers introduces the reader to the concept of problem gambling as an illness, it describes the current gambling habits and explores the way problem gambling may present in an individual. This guide is the product of a collaboration between two of the country’s most eminent experts on problem gambling as a psychiatric disorder. Bowden-Jones and George bring together contributions from leading clinicians working in the field to provide an outline of the epidemiology, aetiology, research, assessment procedures and treatment practices which are discussed and presented in an accessible and engaging manner. The inclusion of questionnaires and screening tools adds to the ‘hands on’ feel of the book. The book covers a range of topics that clinicians and trainees need in order to review and understand the disorder, including, amongst others: Cognitive behavioural models of problem gambling Psychiatric co-morbidity Family interventions Gambling and women Remote gambling A Clinician’s Guide to Working with Problem Gamblers will be essential reading for mental health professionals working with problem gamblers, as well as those in training, it is a comprehensive reference point on all aspects of this psychiatric condition. It is also aimed at various other groups of people who have an interest in the field of problem gambling, including academics, researchers, policy makers, NHS commissioners, probation officers, other health care professionals, the lay reader and family members of those affected by gambling.

Complex Problem Solving

GRE Math Problems

Gardening Problems

SPORTS GAMBLING

NFL Gambling

Health Problems

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Problem Gambling Program - Cooper Building

Provides information, assessment, referral and treatment services to individual and families. Services are free and confidential, will also provide public awareness and education about responsible and problem gambling upon request.

Gamblers Anonymous - Hamilton East

Offers peer-led self-help groups for those with gambling problems:

* Faith Lutheran Church, 1907 King St E

For additional help, call the Ontario Helpline at 1-855-222-5542.

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Burlington Office - Burlington Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Oakville Office - Oakville Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Milton Office - Milton Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support

Hamilton. Public Health Services - Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Services - Cooper Building

Provides information, counselling and programs on alcohol and drugs.

Programs & Services:
* Concurrent Disorders Groups
* Group and Individual Counselling
* Relapse Prevention Program
* Older, Wiser Lifestyles (OWL)
* Specialized group treatments
* Skills for Change
* Skills To Enhance Personal Success (STEPS)
* Methadone case management

Hamilton.Planning & Economic Development Department - Lottery Licenses - Hamilton City Centre, Licensing & Permits Office

"Charitable gaming" refers to lottery schemes permitted by a licence under the Criminal Code of Canada and are typically held by charitable, religious organizations and non-profit organizations.
Licences are available for:
* Raffle Lottery Schemes
* Bingo Lottery Schemes
* Bazaars
* Break Open Tickets

Burlington. City Building - Planning, Building and Culture - Building Division - Licences for Businesses & Charitable Functions - Burlington City Hall

Business Licences:
Responsible for issuing licenses for certain businesses, including: personal services, taxi drivers, restaurants, and adult entertainers

Charitable Functions:
Issues licences for charitable functions
* contact the Building Division for information on how to obtain a licence for raffles, bingo, break-open tickets and bazaars

Hamilton. Healthy & Safe Communities Department, Recreation Division - Main Hess Seniors Activity Club

A seniors club operated by the city, offering bingo, regular euchre, railroad euchre, open darts, and special events & meals.

General Topics and Information - Permits for Events, Liquor and Special Occasions - Burlington

This topic record gives an overview of how to apply for various licences and permits, including liquor permits, licences for fundraising events and outdoor event permits.

Permits and Licences issued by City of Burlington: (see website here):
* Building Permits
* Burn Permit
* Business Licences
* Certificates - Marriage, Birth, Death
* Dog Licences
* Group Homes
* Liquor Licences
* Lottery Licences
* Marriage Licences
* Parks and Recreation Permits and Rentals
* Pool Permits
* Property Information Request
* Road and Transportation Permits
* Sign Permits
* Site Alteration Permit
* Tag Day
* The Cannabis Act and the City of Burlington



Special Occasion Liquor Permits
Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) are issued through certain LCBO stores across Ontario on behalf of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
* to find a store that issues Special Occasion Permits, use LCBO Store Search here (select location and 'Special Occasion Permits' )
* for more information on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, see separate record here

For outdoor events using City property (arts, cultural and music festivals, block parties, celebrations, charity runs and walks, Love My Hood, parades, races and triathlons, and other events):
* follow City of Burlington Festivals and Events planning information here

ADAPT: Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment, Prevention and Treatment Service - Addiction Assessment and Treatment, Georgetown Office - Georgetown Office

Services include assessment, treatment, individual and group counselling as well as educational services with respect to alcohol, drug and gambling related issues

Programs include:
* community withdrawal management
* Days Ahead Youth program
* parent program/parent education group
* problem gambling
* problem gambling day treatment
* family and group counselling
* opioid treatment and outreach
* concurrent disorders/Halton Homes
* first episode psychosis/ Phoenix program
* Know The D.E.A.L. (Drugs, Education, Alcohol & the Law)
* community justice programs
* community consultation and education
* Transitional Aged youth Outreach Program (TAYOP)
* Back-on-Track (remedial measures program for those convicted of impaired driving)
* referrals and aftercare
* peer support

Responsible Gambling Council - Play Smart Centre - Elements Casino Brantford - Icomm Dr

The centre is the go-to place for facts, tools, and advice about gambling
* information about how gambling works with interactive demos, activities, and brochures
* space to take a break from gambling
* someone to talk to about gambling related questions or concerns
* information about help options and about OLG's self-exclusion program