Compulsive Gambling

Empowering the freedom of choice through harm reduction and restoration of resilience

Tuesday MARCH 8, 2022

is the

NINTH ANNUAL GAMBLING DISORDER
SCREENING DAY

Did You Know?

  • Some people can develop an addiction to gambling
  • In New Mexico about 3-10 out of 100 people have gambling problems
  • Gambling problems often go undetected because they are easily hidden
  • Recovery from gambling problems is not only possible but likely with help

The Evolution Group, Inc. invites all clients, community members to participate in screening on Tuesday March 8th using a short, 3-item screener.

 

Call 505-242-6988 ext. 129 to participate or to take the screen online click here. 

 

If you are a gambler and in crisis outside of business hours, please contact our crisis helpline by calling 505-681-5511, or by clicking below.

Compulsive Gambling

Called by many names; gambling disorder, compulsive gambling, problem gambling, gambling addiction, or pathological gambling; it’s not just about losing money.

Gambling problems cause heartbreak and can affect a person’s whole life, threaten their relationship, put family members at risk, jeopardize a career, and even limit a person’s desire to live or not.

If you or someone you love feels out of control with gambling you can get the help you need here at The Evolution Group with over 18 therapists on our staff who are either certified by the National Council on Problem Gambling as treatment experts or who are specially trained in addiction and trauma, ready to help you work out a way to manage you urge to gamble and get your life back to a sense of wholeness and peace.

Call us at 505-242-6988 X129, or

Basic About Problem Gambling

Problem gambling is the general term for all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits.

Problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, loss of career and family, or in extreme cases, even suicide.

Nationally between 1% and 3% of the general adult (18+) population, or over 5.1 million people, experience a gambling problem every year.  In New Mexico that number is estimated to be 2 to 3x’s higher.

Gambling problems are often hidden, and therefore not as easy for friends, family members, or co-workers to notice them.

A person’s gambling problem may also lead to negative consequences for loved ones and concerned others.

Gambling problems often occur alongside other problems such as alcohol use disorder, and substance use disorder.

Warning Signs

Why gambling problem might develop

  • Part of the cause may be heredity
  • An addiction to something else has been present prior to this
  • Some people develop problems believing they can win back money they have lost, or because they like to be “in the action.”
  • Others have many life stresses that make gambling a way to escape for a welcomed relief.

Gambling is a problem when it:

  • Gets in the way of work, school or other activities
  • Harms mental or physical health
  • Does damage financially
  • Damages a person’s reputation
  • Causes problems with a partner, family, or friends.

Intensive Support

The Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program is a variable, needs-based recovery program that can be individually designed with a treatment team to best suit your needs. Available options include a tailored outpatient treatment program with an option to participate in our intensive outpatient treatment program, if advised by staff. The Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program includes recovery-focused activities, individual, group, and family/couples therapy modalities, and 12-step recovery in order to develop long-term support and solutions.

Call us at 505-242-6988 X129, or

Getting back to your true self is only a call away.

Call us today and take your first step.
505-242-6988 Ext. 129