Worried About Gambling?

Are you concerned about
gambling behavior? Learn about
gambling addiction and determine
if there is a problem.

Find Help

The first step in recovery
is to seek help. We connect
you to the resources that will
help you to a healthier place.

Success Stories

First-hand accounts by
compulsive gamblers depict
the challenges of this
devastating addiction.

Connecting Professionals

Northstar provides professionals
the training needed to treat
clients with gambling addiction
and the opportunity to connect.

Finding Help

There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Learn more here.

Treatment Providers

A list of gambling treatment providers who are members of the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. View the list here.

Get Involved - Volunteer or Donate

You can become a member, contribute your efforts as a volunteer or make a financial donation.

For Professionals

Information and training for healthcare and addiction professionals with an interest in gambling treatment. Find out more here.

State Opens RFP for Problem Gambling Treatment Providers

Are you interested in becoming a Minnesota certified problem gambling treatment provider? If so, the deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2019. For more information, click here. Providers who are not familiar with the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ RFP process should attend the bidder’s conference to gain a better...

Minnesota Lottery and Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance Participate in National Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign

    Contact: Susan Sheridan Tucker Phone: (612) 424-8595 Email:  sst@northstarproblemgambling.org     FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Minnesota Lottery and Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance Participate in National Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign  The Minnesota Lottery and the Northstar Problem Gambling...

Remembering Cathie Perrault

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Cathie Perrault, former executive director at Northstar who retired in August, unexpectedly passed away on Oct. 28 from a stroke she suffered the day before. A memorial ceremony will take place at Skinner Funeral Home (260 Industrial Avenue, Turtle Lake, WI) on Friday,...

Celebrating the Past, Anticipating the Future

Northstar’s transition from former executive director Cathie Perrault to new executive director Susan Sheridan Tucker provides a good opportunity to look back on what’s been accomplished over the last decade—and to look forward to what can be achieved in the future. Looking Back Cathie served as Northstar’s executive...

Venthouse Counseling

If you are ready to improve your life, then I am the one to lead you there. Having years of experience as both a client and a clinician, I am very familiar with the process of change and I am well equipped to make it happen. I've helped guide people through issues of simple depression all the way to complex PTSD. I...

Northstar to Create New Strategic Plan

With an eye toward strengthening the alliance that forms the organization’s foundation, Northstar is working to engage in a new strategic planning process that will be underway later this fall. “I think this is a good time to revisit what we’re all about and to create focused goals that we can all agree on as we move...

The Role of Meditation and Mindfulness in Gambling Recovery

As most gambling counselors and therapists will attest, there’s no single treatment that works across the board for all clients. However, meditation and other mindfulness-based therapies, which have increased in popularity, are showing promise in helping people cope with a range of mental health conditions, including...

Charitable Gambling Venues Debut Sports-Themed Tip Boards

Sports-themed tip boards, gambling games that are tied to the scores and outcomes of professional sports, are now available in Minnesota through licensed charities. Use of these games was approved by Minnesota’s Gambling Control Board in July following the Supreme Court’s ruling in May that effectively legalized...

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

Signs of Gambling Addiction

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:

  1. Increased frequency of gambling activity
  2. Increased amount of money gambled
  3. Gambling for longer periods of time than originally planned
  4. Bragging about wins, but not talking about losses
  5. Pressuring others for money as financial problems arise
  6. Lying about how money is spent
  7. Escaping to other excesses (alcohol, drugs, sleep, etc.)
  8. Denying there is a problem

Are You at Risk for Problem Gambling?

Two questions can help determine if you’re at risk for problem gambling.

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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.

Randy's Story

My name is Randy and I’m a recovering compulsive gambler. My intent is to provide insight into my recovery and that of others who I have come to know during the past six and half years. The title Recovery Lines has special meaning for me. Not just about the numerous helpful resources that are available for compulsive gamblers, but also about how I viewed myself . . .
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Whether, When, How Much?

Scroll through this brochure to help you find answers to these questions. View here.

Finding Help

There are many resources available for individuals with gambling problems and their families. Learn more here.

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