RESOURCES

MNAPG seeks to become a central point for all things problem gambling in Minnesota. As part of this goal, we offer the following range of resources that include recovery stories, advocacy efforts, research and information for professionals.

Podcasts
Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Problem Gambling Awareness Month

In this Episode, Brian discusses problem gambling awareness month with Julie Hynes, Krystal Smith and Susan Sheridan Tucker. These guests provided a number of resources in the interview. LISTEN

LIST OF MINNESOTA APPROVED PROVIDERS

Carver County

Resilience Counseling
(612) 750-3376
Mary Dahnert, mdahnert@resiliencecounseling.com
resiliencecounseling.com
1107 Hazeltine Blvd, Suite 410, Chaska, MN 55318

Goodhue County

Midwest Recovery
(651) 846-9010
Info@midwestrecovery.org
midwestrecovery.org
217 Plum Street, Suite #130 Red Wing MN 55066

Hennepin County

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

Connections Counseling & Recovery Services
(763) 370-8880
Joyce Terhorst joyce.connections@yahoo.com
7550 France Ave S, Suite 220, Edina, MN 55435

Fairview Compulsive Gambling Program
(612) 672-2736
Jessica Nelson-Mitchell jessica.nelson-mitchell@fairview.orgfairview.org
2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454

Midwest Recovery Inc
(612) 584-4858 info@midwestmn.commidwestrecovery.org
1620 Central Ave NE, Suite 107, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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

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

Mille Lacs County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann maumann.cindi@gmail.com
freedomcenterinc.org
140 2nd Ave NE, Milaca, MN 56353

Olmsted County

Christina Pristash
(507) 202-0701
Christina Pristash pristashlmft@gmail.com
counselingrochester.org
1500 1st ave NE, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55906

Ramsey County

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

Pathways Counseling
(952) 200-4605
John Von Eschen jvon64@gmail.com
pathwayscounselingcenter.org
1919 University Ave W, Suite 6, St Paul, MN 55104

Progressive Individual Resources, Inc.
(612)749-3309
info@pirimn.org
pirimn.org
2147 University Ave W, Suite 206, St Paul, MN 55114

Rice County

Midwest Recovery
651-846-9010
info@midwestrecovery.org
midwestrecovery.org
303 1st Street NE, Suite #365 Faribault, MN 55021

Saint Louis County

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

Sherburne County

Freedom Center
(763) 308-0006
Cynthia Naumann naumann.cindi@gmail.com
freedomcenterinc.org
105 6th Ave S, Princeton, MN 55371

Washington County

Bridges and Pathways Counseling
(612) 719-7966
Paul Mladnick mladnick.paul50@gmail.com
1068 S Lake St, Suite 109, Forest Lake, MN 55025

Venthouse Counseling, Jason Walter
(612) 562-6766
Jason Walter LPC, LADC aadrjay@gmail.com
venthousecounseling.com
8530 Eagle Point Blvd, #100, Lake Elmo, MN 55042

Alcohol and Gambling Assessments
(651) 485-6229
Renee Collova-Bergee reneebergee@comcast.net
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
RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM info@projectturnabout.org
projectturnabout.org
660 18th St, Granite Falls, MN 56241

PROBLEM GAMBLING RESOURCES

NEWSLETTERS

The Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling publishes the Northern Light newsletter quarterly. If you’d like to receive this newsletter, please send an email to info@mnapg.org. Past issues of Northern Light are available as detailed below:

2021 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2020 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2019 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2018 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2017 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2016 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2015 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2014 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2013 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2012 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS
2011 NORTHERN LIGHT NEWSLETTERS

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    COMMUNITY SPEAKER’S NETWORK

    Community outreach is an important part of our mission. Through our community speaker’s network, an approved speaker from MNAPG presents an introduction to problem gambling to community groups. These visits can be arranged anywhere in Minnesota and are free of charge. The purpose is to broaden the awareness of gambling disorder and who it affects, initiate conversations about prevention, highlight the importance of healthy play and making the public aware of available treatment assessments and options available at little or no cost.

    To learn more and arrange a visit to your program, email Susan Sheridan Tucker, executive director of Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling, or call (612) 424-8595.

    PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES, HEALTH CARE FAIRS and COLLEGE RESOURCE FAIRS

    MNAPG regularly attends a variety of annual conferences around the state of Minnesota to create awareness about problem gambling and available resources to health care and other professionals. MNAPG welcomes the opportunity to present at conferences on a variety of topics relating to our advocacy work.

    MNAPG ANNUAL CONFERENCE

    Most years, MNAPG hosts an in-person conference at which national speakers provide the latest information for treatment providers, advocates, legislators, educators and the gaming industry. CEUs are available for LADCs, social workers, psychologists and those working in the prevention field.

    NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND MONTHLY WEBINARS

    Joint members of MNAPG and the National Council of Problem Gambling receive access to NCPG’s regular webinars at no cost. Significant discounts to the national conference are also available.

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    GENERAL PROBLEM GAMBLING RESOURCES
    SUICIDE
    HEALTHCARE
    FINANCIAL RESOURCES

    Unlike other addictions, gambling disorder can have a direct impact on a gambler’s family, without them even recognizing that their loved one is struggling with an addiction. Often, it isn’t until a financial red flag arises, such as bounced checks, debt collection agencies, bank notices regarding failed mortgage payments, etc. that will alert the family that something is quite wrong. Money is how a gambler continues their addiction and the very thing they chase in order to make things “right.” As soon as it’s apparent that there is a problem, consulting a certified financial advisor is recommended. This enables a neutral third party to recommend and help implement the strategies to preserve the family’s assets.

    RESOURCES FOR DEBT MANAGEMENT

    Gamblers seeking a debt management plan should work through a nonprofit member agency of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. There are three such credit counseling centers in Minnesota:

    TRUE LINK

    TrueLink is a debit card that allows you or a family member to control exactly how much money can be spent, and on exactly what items or activities it can be spent.

    ONLINE GAMBLING BLOCKING APP

    Working a recovery program is hard and challenging. To help assist those who may feel tempted to gamble online or visit a casino or card room, there are a few tools that may be helpful. None are foolproof, but if one is committed to recovery, these tools may help.

    GAMBAN – a voluntary, self-exclusion tool for online gambling sites.

    Given that many gamblers may be moving online, especially during COVID-19 times, MNAPG is offering individual subscriptions for an online self-exclusion tool called Gamban. This tool enables the gambler to block tens of thousands of online gambling sites on all devices. MNAPG has purchased one-year subscriptions that can block up to 15 devices in one household. If you are interested, please email sstucker@mnapg.org and a link will be provided to set up the account.

    VOLUNTARY SELF-EXCLUSION FROM LAND-BASED CASINOS and CARDROOMS

    In Minnesota, anyone interested in self-exclusion for a fixed time period (six months, one year, three years, lifetime, etc.) from either a casino or card room may do so by signing a voluntary agreement with each separate facility. By signing this contract, they are agreeing not to enter the premises for a specified time and the casino/card room will cease to send promotional materials to their mailing address. If one should break the agreement during the specified time, the operator has the right to charge them with trespassing and/or if they should win a jackpot of $1,200 or more, they will not receive it.

    How to Talk About Money, The Money Advice Service, United Kingdom publication. pdf
    Personal Financial Strategies of The Loved Ones of Problem Gamblers, NCPG, 2000 pdf
    Problem Gamblers and their Finances: A Guide for Treatment Professionals, NCPG 2000 pdf

    LEGAL
    HUMAN RESOURCES

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    If you have started on your road to recovery, congratulations. It takes courage, conviction, lots of support and grace for an individual to choose recovery. It’s not an easy path, but one that when achieved has many benefits.

    We wish you the best in your journey and hope you are taking advantage of the resources available to Minnesotans for free treatment, attending Gambler’s Anonymous or using ways to keep yourself from gambling, such as Gamban.

    A full list of community resources can be found in the community tab.

    RISKS TO THOSE IN RECOVERY

    Gambling addiction is a high risk for those who have or are struggling with other addictions, such as alcohol or drugs. While some individuals do not have a “co-occurring” disorder with a gambling addiction, many do. It’s important to be aware of the correlation.

    Those experiencing multiple disorders require different approaches to treatment and recovery. To maximize treatment effectiveness, it’s important for individuals to acknowledge their gambling disorder and any other mental health challenges affecting them.

    RECOVERY STORIES

    MNAPG has had the privilege of speaking with and sharing numerous recovery stories. Many of them are available to you throughout the website.

    “FACES OF RECOVERY” The Phoenix Spirit, March/April 2020.

    BECOME PART OF MNAPG

    Becoming involved in the Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling is a good way for those in recovery to stay abreast of developments with gambling addiction. You may sign up for our quarterly newsletter and become a member.


    There is no fee to join the Alliance and your personal information will only be used to send you newsletters and information pertaining to community presentations through MNAPG.

    We also seek individuals who are long in their recovery and would be interested in helping us in our advocacy work. It can be helpful for legislators to hear from an individual with lived experience. If that is of interest, please contact Susan Sheridan Tucker, sstucker@mnapg.org.

    COMMUNITY MEETINGS

    GAMBLER’S ANONYMOUS (GA)  www.minnesotaga.com
    1-855-222-5542 (1-855-2CALLGA)

    GAM-ANON  The toll-free helpline is 1-888-435-7166 (1-888-HELP1MN).

    SMART RECOVERY440-951-5357

     

    ONLINE RESOURCES

    The National Council on Problem Gambling is the nation’s advocate for problem gambling. Its website has extensive information on the topic of problem gambling.

    No Judgement is a website that provides details of problem gambling information and treatment in Minnesota.

    College Gambling is a site that was developed by the International Center for Responsible Gaming to help campus administrators, campus health professionals, students and parents address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses.

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

    www.facebook.com/NoJudgment – This is a Facebook page for adults.

    www.facebook.com/Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gamblingpg

    www.linkedin.com/Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gamblingpg

    www.instagram.com/Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gamblingpg

    ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO ASSIST IN RECOVERY

    Working your recovery program is hard work. To help assist those who may feel tempted to gamble online or visit a casino or card room, there are a few tools that some have found helpful. None are foolproof, but if you are committed to your recovery, these tools may be of use.

    GAMBAN – a voluntary, self-exclusion tool for online gambling sites.

    In recognition that many gamblers may be moving to online gambling, especially during COVID-19 times, MNAPG is offering individual subscriptions for an online self-exclusion tool called GAMBAN. This tool enables the gambler to block tens of thousands of online gambling sites for all their devices. MNAPG has purchased subscriptions, effective for one year and can block up to 15 devices in one household. If you are interested, please email sstucker@mnapg.org and a link will be provided to set up the account.

    VOLUNTARY SELF-EXCLUSION FROM LAND-BASED CASINOS and CARDROOMS

    In Minnesota, anyone interested in self-exclusion for a fixed time (6 months, one year, three years or a lifetime) from either a casino or card room may do so by signing a voluntary agreement with each separate facility. By signing this contract, you are agreeing not to enter the premises for a specified time and the casino/card room will cease to provide promotional materials to your mailing address. If you should break the agreement during the specified time, the operator has the right to charge you with trespassing and/or if you should win a jackpot of $1,200 or more, you will not receive it.

    TRUE LINK

    TrueLink is a debit card that allows you or a family member to control exactly how much money can be spent, and on exactly what items or activities it can be spent.

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    GAMBLING DISORDER SCREENING TOOL KIT

    Your First Step to Change, 2nd Edition. A self-help toolkit of resources to help start the journey toward recovery from problem gambling behavior.

    What is Gambling Disorder? One-page article describing Gambling Disorder from a mental health perspective.

    Why Screen for Gambling? Evidence-based information about the importance of screening for Gambling Disorder.

    About the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen. Provides an overview of the BBGS, as well as information about scoring and psychometric properties.

    The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen. Our recommended brief screen for Gambling Disorder (a one-page, “printer friendly” screener)

    Gambling Resources & Referrals. Additional problem gambling information and tools for self-help and referrals.

    Host Data Reporting Form. An optional form provided to report your Screening Day outcomes back to the Division on Addiction.

    BBGS e-Screener. An electronic version of our Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (only users see their results)

    SELF HELP PUBLICATIONS

    VIEW, DOWNLOAD OR ORDER A HARD COPY BELOW (These are meant to be supplemental guides, not a replacement for therapy)

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