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Problem Gambling

There are more and more opportunities to gamble in our community. Whether it be lottery, online gaming, bingo, video poker, slots, casinos, or sports betting; gambling is everywhere. Many people are unaware there are risks involved in gambling.

Certain populations are at greater risk than others to develop a problem, such as:

      • adolescents and young adults
      • seniors
      • military and veterans
      • athletes (check out our blog about this at https://fightproblemgambling.com/)
      • individuals with a family history of alcoholism or other addiction
      • those who were exposed to gambling at a young age

Many people can gamble without incident. They play and, win or lose, walk away, not thinking much about it. Others can experience:

  • being preoccupied with gambling
  • a need to increase the amount they bet in order to feel the same level of excitement
  • feeling the need to keep playing to win back what they’ve lost (called “chasing losses”)
  • gambling to escape personal problems like sadness, anxiety, grief
  • difficulty cutting down or quitting
  • becoming restless or irritable, or even depressed when quitting
  • needing friends or family to bail them out of financial problems caused by gambling
  • finding that they are hiding their gambling from loved ones
  • gambling causes problems at work, home or school

Nicasa is 1 of 14 agencies in Illinois with a state contract to provide counseling for problem gambling.

Help is available; contact us for a free consultation. Call us at 847-546-6450 or email gamblingservices@nicasa.org. Interpreters are available at our sites throughout the county. Video counseling can be provided for those with no transportation, childcare, or other obstacles to in-person counseling.

We offer:

  • Consultation appointment, usually within 24-48 hours of your call
  • Individual Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Tele-Counseling
  • Access to 12-step support on-site
  • Assistance signing up for Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program
  • Free 1-year subscription to program blocking online gambling
  • Free smoking-cessation materials
  • Access to financial/credit counseling

There is no shame in asking for help. Problem gambling, if left unchecked, can lead to loss of a job, home, relationships, and even life. Don’t wait.