Carver County

Resilience Counseling
(612) 750-3376
Mary Dahnert,
1107 Hazeltine Blvd, Suite 410, Chaska, MN 55318

Goodhue County

Midwest Recovery
(651) 846-9010
217 Plum Street, Suite #130 Red Wing MN 55066

Hennepin County

Club Recovery Inc
(952) 926-2526
Craig Johnson
6550 York Ave S, #620, Edina, MN 55435

Connections Counseling & Recovery Services
(763) 370-8880
Joyce Terhorst
7550 France Ave S, Suite 220, Edina, MN 55435

Fairview Compulsive Gambling Program
(612) 672-2736
Jessica Nelson-Mitchell
2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Midwest Recovery Inc
(612) 584-4858
1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 107, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Problem Gambling Intervention, LLC
(612) 558-5364
Roger Anton
Minneapolis VA Medical Center, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

Vinland National Center OP Services
(763) 479-4882
Don Raasch
675 NE Stinson Blvd #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Mille Lacs County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann
140 2nd Ave NE, Milaca, MN 56353

Olmsted County

Christina Pristash
(507) 202-0701
Christina Pristash
1500 1st ave NE, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55906

Ramsey County

Alcohol and Gambling Assessments
(651) 485-6229
Renee Collova-Bergee
1397 Geneva Ave N #102A, Oakdale, MN 55128

Pathways Counseling
(952) 200-4605
John Von Eschen
1919 University Ave W, Suite 6, St Paul, MN 55104

Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.
2147 University Ave W, Suite 206, St Paul, MN 55114

Rice County

Midwest Recovery
303 1st Street NE, Suite #365 Faribault, MN 55021

Saint Louis County

Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment Gambling Services
(218) 723-8444
Brenda DeLeeuw
26 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55805

Sherburne County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann
105 6th Ave S, Princeton, MN 55371

Washington County

Bridges and Pathways Counseling
(612) 719-7966
Paul Mladnick
1068 S Lake St, Suite 109, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Venthouse Counseling, Jason Walter
(612) 562-6766
Jason Walter LPC, LADC
8530 Eagle Point Blvd, #100, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Alcohol and Gambling Assessments
(651) 485-6229
Renee Collova-Bergee
1397 Geneva Ave N #102A, Oakdale, MN 55128

Yellow Medicine County

Project Turnabout/ Vanguard Center for Compulsive Gambling
(320) 564-4911 1-800-862-1453
660 18th St, Granite Falls, MN 56241


Individuals with problem gambling — as well as their concerned others — may come into contact with any number of professionals in the course of their life. MNAPG is committed to providing resources so that those affected by problem gambling can find the assistance they need. While gambling counselors know the destructive nature of gambling disorder, other professionals may encounter individuals or family members that require guidance to protect against further harm.

Learning about problem gambling is particularly valuable to:

  • Current gambling treatment providers working to advance their clinical skills or improve their practice, or who may be working toward some level of certification. MNAPG workshops and webinars provide insights into advanced clinical techniques for the treatment of problem gambling.
  • Addiction treatment professionals who want to learn more about problem gambling given its frequent occurrence as a co-existing disorder among their alcohol and substance abuse patients.
  • General health care and social service professionals who wish to better understand the signs of gambling addiction and are in an important position to help identify those at risk for gambling addiction.
  • Attorneys, bankers and other financial advisors who may have clients struggling with a gambling disorder or who have already reached a point where their addiction has forced them into severe financial problems. MNAPG has some specific resources available to assist your clients with financial planning.
  • Human Resources/Employee Assistance Program managers who can identify employees who may be experiencing gambling problems and learn about resources available to help them.
  • Corrections officers who may have offenders that have either committed a crime related to their gambling addiction or require treatment for a gambling disorder while incarcerated. MNAPG has also developed an online training to guide corrections officers on fulfilling assessments.
  • Spiritual and trusted community leaders who may be consulted by those with a gambling addiction may receive training that enables them to be more knowledgeable about this addiction within their community. MNAPG offers periodic spiritual/trusted community leader training. Please contact Susan Sheridan Tucker for more information.

We encourage healthcare, legal, financial and community leadership to become joint members of MNAPG and the National Council of Problem Gambling, providing access to the latest information about gambling trends, webinars, MNAPG’s quarterly newsletter and discounts/scholarships to each organization’s annual conferences and trainings.



Given the subtle nature of gambling problems, how can you identify someone who is at risk for gambling disorder? Here are the nine warning signs:


Frequent thoughts about gambling experiences (past, future, or fantasy)


Need for larger or more frequent wagers to experience the same “rush”


    Restless or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop gambling


      Gambling to escape from problems or feelings (i.e., depression, loneliness, etc.)


      Try to win back gambling losses with more gambling


      Lying about the frequency of gambling or amounts won or lost

        Loss of control

        Repeated unsuccessful attempts to control, reduce or stop gambling


        Relying on others to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

          Risked significant relationship

          Gambling despite risking or losing a relationship, job, or other significant opportunity


            It’s important that all healthcare clinicians, no matter their specialty, be aware of problem gambling and to provide the best possible services/resources for gamblers and their loved ones. MNAPG is committed to supporting high quality training for those who interact with problem gamblers.

            If you’re interested in pursuing certification to become a problem gambler treatment provider, please review the certification process under certification. Those interested in pursuing problem gambling training must be a LADC, LMSW, LLPC, LMFT or psychologist.

            If you need to refer your client to a gambling treatment professional in Minnesota, please call 1-800-333-HOPE (4763). Translation services are available. A complete list of state-certified providers can be found above. Due to COVID-19, telehealth sessions are available until at least June 2021. Any Minnesotan may receive counseling services by any approved provider via video or telephone calls.

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            A significant aspect of gambling disorder is the financial harm it can inflict. Individuals who struggle with a gambling addiction are likely experiencing a range of financial problems, including credit card debt, debt to casinos, debt to family members and/or friends from whom they borrowed money, past due state and federal taxes, and even debt to illegal sources, such as loan sharks. The extent of their issues may not be known immediately as gamblers are quite adept at covering their tracks. If a family member or a gambler reaches out for assistance it’s critical to provide the necessary protections to prevent further financial harm. It’s also important to understand the mind of a problem gambler, which is steeped in irrational thinking. Their financial woes are complex, often shameful and layered in deceit.

            Ideally, when a gambler reaches out for help, they should stop gambling and seek help for the addiction along with financial counseling. However, if it’s the family that’s reaching out, they will likely need assistance with a variety of options to protect their remaining assets.


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            It’s important to be aware of the signs of a gambling addiction. Gambling addiction, like substance addiction, can lead people to behave in ways that cause problems for themselves and their families. In some cases, the financial devastation created by gambling addiction results in fraud, embezzlement, theft and other criminal activities. Problem gambling also results in legal consequences involving families, jobs, property, debt and other matters.

            It’s important that legal professionals become educated about gambling addiction so they can consider whether a gambling problem might be at the root of criminal activity. With appropriate screening and assessment, such problems can be better diagnosed.

            For first-time offenders with a gambling problem, referral to treatment may be appropriate. Treatment is available free of charge for qualifying individuals throughout Minnesota. If the client’s insurance will partially pay for costs, the Minnesota Department of Human Services will pay the balance, up to the total DHS’s fee schedule reimbursement rate. (The exception to this rule is a Medicare client. DHS cannot pay more than what Medicare pays.) Referrals to state-approved gambling treatment providers can be found on this website PROVIDE LINK or call 1-800-333-HOPE (4673).

            Be aware that your client may not be forthcoming with this information as they seek your help for legal issues. Here are a variety to scenarios that can help you identify someone with a gambling addiction.

            Review of Financial Information

            As you review financial information, you may note patterns that suggest a gambling problem. For example, you may see multiple withdrawals that form a suspicious narrative, or you may see that multiple credit cards are maxed out. Further investigation may determine that a gambling issue is present.


            An attorney or the trustee could note an unexpected lack of assets and suspect that a gambling addiction played a role. The presence of a gambling problem may become very relevant in moving a case forward.


            When dividing up marital assets, one spouse will likely notice that the money he/she thought was there is not. There could also be joint credit card debt that one spouse is not aware of, as well as unexpected loans, wiped out college savings, an equity line of credit, etc. A lawyer might also see incomplete information or the reluctance of a spouse to be forthcoming.

            Child Neglect/Abuse and Domestic Violence

            People with a gambling addiction focus all their attention on gambling and may neglect family responsibilities. An extreme example is someone leaving their child in the car at a casino while they are inside gambling. Those persons accused or charged with neglect or violence should be referred for a gambling assessment and a substance use assessment.

            Alcohol or Other Drug Addiction

            In some cases, a person will switch addictions. For example, they may stop drinking but instead start gambling as a substitute. One study of people with substance use disorder published in the Journal of Addictive Diseases concluded that roughly 20 percent of study participants had significant gambling problems or had had such problems at some point in their past.

            Suicide Attempts

            Suicide attempts may suggest an underlying gambling problem. The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that one in five problem gamblers attempts to kill themselves, a rate that’s about twice that of other addictions. When a financial crisis occurs, those with a gambling addiction and high gambling debts believe there is no way out and their hopelessness drives them to contemplate and attempt suicide.

            Other Scenarios

            A guardian or conservator for an elderly person might discover unusually frequent trips to the casino or a surprising lack of funds. A criminal defense attorney might discover the problem when representing a client on a variety of crimes. An employment lawyer might notice a gambling problem in the context of representing a person who is being terminated for poor performance or repeated absences.


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            It’s difficult for many individuals to compartmentalize their private lives from their professional lives, especially if they have physical or mental health issues. If one of your employees is experiencing problem gambling, it may be impossible for them to “turn it off” while at work. Here are some key points to take into consideration:

            • If an employer believes an employee has a gambling problem, the employee’s supervisor should express concerns in a supportive manner. The employer may want to consider providing the employee with problem gambling resources.
            • The supervisor should attempt to appear non-judgmental and share work-related observations about how the gambling problem is negatively impacting the employee’s work performance.
            • The supervisor should explain that the employee is expected to perform his or her job duties to the best of their ability and that the employee has not been satisfying this standard. The supervisor should make the employee aware that if this does not change, disciplinary action may follow.

            An employee with a gambling problem may exhibit:

            • increased stress,
            • increased tardiness,
            • extended lunch breaks and absences from work,
            • requests for advances in pay or pay in lieu of vacation or sick time,
            • requests to borrow money from co-workers,
            • bragging about gambling winnings,
            • moodiness and irritability,
            • decreased productivity and lack of concentration and motivation
            • theft, and
            • signs of financial distress, such as collection calls, garnishments and lawsuits.

            An employer should be aware that problem gamblers often move their gambling to the workplace to hide it from their families, so colleagues are often the first to become aware of this activity.

            When Having a Gambling Policy Makes Sense

            The negative effects of a gambling problem can cause a serious impact on the workplace. A sound gambling policy is especially important for employers that deal with significant amounts of cash, are located near gambling venues, have flexible work schedules, frequently send employees away from home or employ recovering gambling addicts. The purpose of a gambling policy is to communicate the employer’s universal expectations for all employees regarding gambling in the workplace.

            Office Pools, Gambling and Fantasy Sports Policy

            Gambling, especially office pools and fantasy sports, are becoming more popular. Many employees participate in gambling and sports betting, such as Super Bowl and March Madness pools. As employees inevitably begin to build social relationships, they will want to participate in these types of activities together. This policy will explain what the employer defines as gambling, provide guidelines for what types of activities will and will not be allowed on the employer’s premises, and assist employers in identifying and responding to employees who may have a serious gambling problem.

            Here are a few tips for supervisors when they suspect an employee has a gambling problem:

            • Express concerns in a caring and supportive manner. Do not diagnose the problem or tell the individual what to do. Be clear, non-judgmental and speak only for yourself.
            • Use work-related observations.
            • Be positive.
            • Explain how the problem affects you.
            • Be clear about your position.
            • Respect personal boundaries.
            • When a gambling problem is known, provide information, not advice.
            • Be prepared for denial or a hostile reaction.
            What Can Your Organization Do?

            A proactive response from your organization will help reduce the negative impact problem gambling can have within the workplace. The following are some measures to consider.

            • Policy statements. Incorporate the topic of gambling into relevant policies. Most companies have policies on internet use, phone use and disallowed activities during work hours. When reviewing policy statements make sure the policies are sufficiently comprehensive to address problem gambling issues, e.g., internet gambling.
            • Provide awareness training. Without awareness, problem gambling will not be detected. The signs of a gambling problem are seldom identified as gambling related. Training can help employees and employers to identify and assist the problem gambler.
            • Make financial counseling available. Financial issues can be just as serious as mental health disorders. It is important that financial counseling be made available to employees who are in a financial crisis.
            • Monitor the money stream. Some occupations involve direct contact with money, while in other occupations money can be “moved.” These occupations might be considered high risk for the problem gambler, and a monitoring system can protect employee and employer.


            • Minnesota Problem Gambler Helpline 1-800-333-HOPE (4673). The helpline can provide a referral to confidential and no-cost treatment (if individual has no insurance or their plan doesn’t cover gambling disorder).
            • Gambler’s Anonymous
            • Gambling and Health in the Workplace, an NCRG publication 2012Source: XPert HR


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            As an individual begins acknowledging their gambling problems, they may wish to seek spiritual or community elder guidance as an early step in their recovery. Unfortunately, most spiritual or community elders do not have adequate training in addiction, making it difficult for them to talk about the issue. MNAPG offers nondenominational spiritual training for a group of six to eight individuals who express an interest. This 24-hour training is offered at no cost. It comprises 16 hours of problem gambling training and another eight hours focusing on spiritual approaches to helping a community member.

            The International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB) has developed the IGCCB Clergy/Lay Ministers Certification. This provides basic knowledge about gambling addiction and treatment as well as recovery resource information to enhance the leader’s skills ability to recognize compulsive gambling and provide resources to loved ones. The specialized 24-hour training for spiritual and community elders can lead to an IGCCB certification (non-clinical). To receive the official certification, an exam must be passed. MNAPG will offer the training to individuals seeking the certification and those who wish to be more knowledgeable about gambling addiction.

            Most importantly, this training will equip spiritual leaders to serve as the best “first responders” to people seeking help for problem gambling.

            Core Curriculum:

            • The dynamics and psychology of addiction
            • Problem gambling defined and described; gambling disorder defined and described; the scope of problem gambling in American society
            • The impact of problem gambling on families; the components of effective support for the loved ones of gamblers
            • Financial issues faced by gamblers and their families
            • The goals of problem gambling treatment; the options for treatment
            • Spirituality and its significant role within the recovery process: the spiritual issues commonly encountered by those with gambling disorder and their loved ones
            • The unique role of a spiritual leader in the recovery care process
            • Awareness of problem gambling support groups: GA; Gam-Anon, Celebrate Recovery and others

            (Note: the spiritual leader certification process does not train one to be a therapist; rather, leaders will learn about treatment and understand what individuals in treatment may encounter as they go through the recovery process.)

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            Lawyers are at high risk for problem gambling. The stress associated with the practice of law often contributes to compulsive behaviors such as eating, shopping and gambling. Attorneys must be able to recognize the signs of compulsive gambling and be aware of the resources available.

            Common personality characteristics of a lawyer also put them at high risk for developing gambling problems. Here are some reasons why lawyers are at risk:

            • Lawyers are often risk takers.
            • Risks are often amply rewarded. Success in a high-risk case may result in increasingly risky choices and behaviors.
            • Lawyers may gamble to escape the trauma they’ve endured and experienced with their clients or to otherwise cope with the stress of the profession.
            • Lawyers have access to settlement proceeds, retainers and other funds that they may access inappropriately.
            • Lawyers are among the most likely professionals to suffer from stress and depression, which plays a role in the development of problem gambling behavior.
            • Alcohol misuse and dependency is twice as prevalent among attorneys compared to non-attorneys. This addiction leaves them at risk for “co-occurring addictions,” such as gambling addiction.

            If you have concerns about your own gambling, contact Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) at 866-525-6466 or  LCL provides free, confidential peer and professional assistance to Minnesota lawyers, judges, law students, and their immediate family members on any issue that causes stress or distress.

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