Worried About Gambling?

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

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.

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The Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance appreciates all donations of any amount. Make a financial donation.

 

For Professionals

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

Study of Problem Gambling in MN’s Laotian Community

Though there was already a sense that gambling addiction is an issue in Minnesota’s Lao community, new research sponsored by Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) has discovered that findings from a community sample suggest elevated problem gambling behaviors.

Holiday Season Reminder: Lottery Tickets Are Not Appropriate Gifts for Minors

(ROSEVILLE, MN (December 3, 2019) -The Minnesota Lottery and the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) announced today they are participating in an international responsible gambling campaign to raise awareness about the risks of underage lottery play during the holiday season. Both organizations will promote...

Internet Responsible Gambling Standards

Gambling may have benefits but also has well documented negative consequences. Internet gambling is no exception. It is clear that some who gamble online will develop problems and that these problems are serious. The most ethical and cost-effective response to gambling addiction issues is a comprehensive public...

Study of Problem Gambling in MN’s Laotian Community

Though there was already a sense that gambling addiction is an issue in Minnesota’s Lao community, new research sponsored by Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance (NPGA) has discovered that findings from a community sample suggest elevated problem gambling behaviors.

“Positive Play” Messaging Emerges as Effective Approach in Gambling Education and Helplines

Traditionally, the approach to educating people about problem gambling has been a punitive one — i.e., if you don’t play responsibly you will experience problems. But new insights into the gambling education process, including those shared at the annual New Horizons Conference on Responsible Gambling, suggest a...

Minnesota Mulls Bills to Legalize Sports Betting

Two bills to legalize sports betting in Minnesota were introduced this year. The status and nature of each bill is detailed below. It doesn’t appear that Minnesota will pass either of these bills this session. Bill: SF1984 Description: The bill would establish a framework for betting through a sports pool and for...

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.

 Answer Questions Here

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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Finding Help

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