Many Faces, Many Solutions Conference Photos
Brenda Deleeuw from the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Duluth talks with Ollie Stocker from Fairview and Trevor Urman from DHS.
Michael Burke, a lawyer who struggled with gambling and alcohol addiction, details his struggle and triumph.
Sunny Chanthanouvong, executive director of the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, details the Lao community’s gambling experience.
Keith Whyte, Executive Director of thecNational Council on Problem Gambling, discusses gambling behavior in the military.
Jon Grant, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, discussed what happens to the brain during a presentation on the neurobiology of addiction.
Kirsten M. provided an account of her personal experience as an accelerated resolution therapy patient of Wade Lang’s.
Isabelle Duguay (left) and Sheryl Anderson discuss ways that family members can cope with a loved one’s gambling disorder.
John VonEschen, Northstar program manager, added a musical twist to his presentation on problem gambling and dual addictions.
The team of Lao study leaders meets prior to the presentation on problem gambling in the Lao community.
The Minnesota Conference on Problem Gambling took place at the Earle Brown Heritage Center on March 8-9.
Are You Gambling Away Your Retirement?
Did you know that seniors are one of the fastest-growing groups of gamblers? According to one study, gambling was the most frequently identified social activity among adults over 65, with casinos and bingo surpassing movies, lunch, shopping and golf as preferred social activities. Learn more about why seniors are vulnerable to gambling addiction and the signs of problem gambling.
Retirement is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for compulsive gambling? Here are eight warning signs of a gambling problem:
- Increased frequency of gambling activity
- Increased amount of money gambled
- Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
- Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
- Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
- Lying about how money is spent
- Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
- Denying there is a problem
Gambling: From Recreational to Addictive
Most people enjoy gambling in a responsible manner. But some develop an addiction to gambling, suffering social, emotional and financial devastation. Virtually anyone—men or women, young or old, and those from every religion, race and socio-economic background—is at risk for developing a gambling problem. Read about the signs of problem gambling here.
Recovery from gambling addiction is possible.
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