National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to help people understand more about gambling addiction and how to get help.

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance expands its ongoing communications efforts on this topic through additional media coverage, advertising and outreach events. Our goal is to help Minnesotans understand that gambling has risks, and that while most people can gamble responsibly, a small percentage encounter difficulties, such as gambling too often, spending too much, losing their ability to stop gambling, or ending up in a situation where gambling becomes their sole means of entertainment. We invite you to explore our website to expand your knowledge of gambling addiction and learn what to do if you feel that you or someone you know may need help.

Want to stay connected with Northstar and learn more about developments in problem gambling throughout the year? Subscribe here to our print and sign up for our email newsletters for ongoing information. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Worried about your gambling? Take this two-minute test to determine where you stand.

Want to learn how to talk to someone about a gambling problem? Here are some guidelines for how to have the conversation.

It’s important to know that many people have recovered from a gambling addiction. Here are stories of individuals who have overcome their gambling problems.

If you’d like to know about research into gambling addiction, check out our professional resources page.

Most importantly, if you want immediate help for yourself or someone else, call 1-800-333-HOPE or visit GetGamblingHelp.com.

A Gambling Addict Discovers Relationship Between Drinking and Gambling

Bob’s Story I’m that rare person whose “clean date” for drinking is the same as my clean date for gambling. The funny thing was that I never really thought that one had much to do with the other. But once I started treatment for gambling addiction—and learned more about addiction in general—I put it all together....

Northstar Alliance Recognizes Problem Gambling Awareness Month

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Susan Sheridan Tucker – Executive Director1935 West County Road B-2Roseville, MN 55113612-424-8595 Office612-321-1589 Cellsst@northstarproblemgambling.org Roseville, MN (March 1, 2019) - For the 15th year, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance will...

Attorneys at Increased Risk for Gambling Addiction

At first blush, the idea that a lawyer could develop a gambling problem might seem far-fetched. After all, the highly esteemed, socially acceptable profession is associated with high achievement and prestige. Yet, upon closer examination, there are a number of unique characteristics about attorneys and their work...

New Online Treatment Program Offers Help For Hard-To-Reach Problem Gamblers

Historically, there are many reasons why problem gamblers don’t always get the help they need. Some of these challenges include access to counselors, dealing with the burden of stigma and shame, concerns about privacy, and uncertainty about whether a problem really exists. But thanks to a new online treatment...

Financial Counseling and Education Critical to Recovery

After finishing the first stages of treatment for gambling addiction, a problem gambler may have a better understanding of the disease, the circumstances that trigger undesirable gambling behavior, and the importance of taking things one day at a time. But because money is essentially the drug of choice for a...

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...

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...