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Problem Gambling Treatment

A comprehensive assessment / evaluation is conducted by a licensed therapist and/or state Certified Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC) to determine the prospective client’s particular gambling problem.

Next, an indvidualized treatment plan is developed that best addresses his/her needs.  Treatment might include one or more of the following methods:

1. One-on-one therapy with a CPGC who understands problem gambling and is totally committed to helping the client stop gambling and recover.
2. Group therapy (when appropriate) that provides the additional encouragement / support one might need.
Please note:  Second Chance’s problem gambling services are a supplement to and not a replacement for Gambler’s Anonymous.

The Significance of Treatment

Perhaps, the biggest and most difficult step you will take in treatment is first to look in to your own heart and decide once and for all whether you have a gambling problem.  Yes, it takes tremendous strength and courage to do this — especially if you have lost a lot of money, self-esteem and/or someone you love.

Take comfort in knowing you are not alone.  Millions of people have had to face the very same problem you are.

Once you have taken the first step and decided you suffer from a gambling problem, then what?  Get treatment!  Research shows that without proper treatment, addictive behavior (s) only become worse and more destructive both to the sufferer and others.

. . .  Counseling / Treatment for problem gambling helps to change unhealthy thoughts that can lead to destructive gambling behavior.  Simply stated, treatment is essential; Among other things, it teaches those suffering from a gambling problem how to:

• Fight gambling urges
• Deal with uncomfortable emotions rather than escape through gambling, and
• How to solve financial, work and/or relationship problems that were caused by gambling.

The Goal of Treatment

Simply put, the goal of treatment is to help the problem gambler “rewire” his/her addictive brain by thinking about gambling in a new way.

. . . Finally, seeking help for your gambling problem is not a sign of weakness but of strength.  Treatment can help you to achieve happiness in your daily life, relationships and work.

Begin your treatment program . . . NOW!

Fee Structure

Initial Appointment: $179.00

The primary purpose of the initial appointment is first to determine and evaluate the extent and nature of the potential client’s gambling problem and second to develop a treatment plan that best addresses his/her problem.

During the course of the evaluation, it might be determined he/she suffers from anxiety and/or depression. If so, they will be referred to the appropriate care giver.

Estimated Time: One Hour to Two Hours.

Treatment at Second Chance PGTC Office:

One-on-one Therapy = $125.00 (50-Minute Session)

Group Therapy = $85.00 ( Up to 2 Hrs.)

Out-Call Therapy to Client’s Home or Office within 25 Miles from Second Chance PGTS Office: $179.00 (50 Minutes)

Forms of Payment: Cash, Personal Check,
Debit Card and Major Credit Cards

Risk Factors for Developing a Gambling Disorder

• Scoring a “big win” (a month’s salary, or more)
• Being in a tight financial situation
• Trying to win money to pay bills
• Feeling a need to win back lost money (“chasing”)
• Having easy access to a preferred form of gambling
• Starting to gamble as a child or teenager (younger gamblers are at greater risk)
• Having few interests or hobbies besides gambling
• Holding mistaken beliefs about the odds of winning
• Not monitoring gambling wins and losses
• Having an impulsive personality
• Tying self-esteem to gambling wins or losses
• Family history of mental illness, substance abuse or gambling problems
• Using gambling as a way to escape problems
• Having been abused or traumatized
• Thinking there is a system or a special skill to consistently “beat the house”
• Frequently experiencing boredom, depression, anxiety or feeling directionless in life
• Recently have experienced a life alteration; such as retirement, job loss, divorce or the loss of someone close.


Source: California Council on Problem Gambling

“At Second Chance Problem Gambling Treatment Center, we respect your right to a safe, confidential treatment environment.  Because so many of our clients occupy positions of prominence in their respective work settings and/or in the community at large, we take extra steps to ensure their privacy throughout the treatment process.  These steps include providing at home or in-office counseling sessions (whenever possible) during times that best accommodate the client’s need for privacy.”

Rick Smith, CPGC