Gamblers Anonymous and
Gam-Anon

Gamblers Anonymous (GA). Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step support program that holds meetings in approximately 70 communities around Minnesota. Participation in GA is free. MinnesotaGA.com and GamblersAnonymous.org. 1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2CALLGA).

Gam-Anon. Gam-Anon is an organization for families and close friends of problem gamblers that has meetings in nearly 20 cities around the state. GamanonMN.com. The toll-free helpline is 1-888-435-7166 (1-888-HELP1MN).

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...

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...

Osseo Lions Club Helps To Combat Gambling Addiction With Donation To Northstar Problem Gambling

The Osseo Lions Club, which works to enrich and improve the lives of citizens in the community, has made a multi-year contribution to the Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. The continued support demonstrates the organization’s commitment to helping Minnesotans at risk for gambling addiction. “As an organization...

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling, also known as gambling addiction or compulsive gambling, is defined as the urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop.