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If you or someone you care for needs treatment for a gambling problem, it is important to know that no single treatment approach is appropriate for all individuals. Finding the right treatment program involves careful consideration of such things as the setting, length of care, philosophical approach and your or your loved one’s needs. We encourage you to thoroughly investigate your options.
Click Here to view the following Inpatient, Resident and Intensive Outpatient programs that have applied and met our criteria.
To list your facility in our directory, click here for an application form.
For an additional online searchable directory of individuals in the NCPG Counselor Directory, click here.
Here are 12 questions to consider asking when selecting a gambling treatment program:
(Adapted from A Quick Guide To Finding Effective Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, 2002)
Residential treatment programs are organized and staffed to provide both general and specialized non-hospital-based interdisciplinary services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Residential treatment services are organized to provide environments in which the persons reside and receive services from personnel who are trained in the delivery of services for persons with behavioral health disorders or related problems. Residential treatment may be provided in freestanding, non-hospital-based facilities or in units of larger entities, such as a wing of a hospital. Residential treatment programs may include domestic violence treatment homes, non-hospital addiction treatment centers, intermediate care facilities, psychiatric treatment centers, or other non-medical settings.
Inpatient treatment programs provide coordinated and integrated services in hospital settings. Inpatient treatment is provided 24 hours, 7 days a week. Inpatient treatment programs include a comprehensive, biopsychosocial-spiritual approach to service delivery with a key component being close coordination of services with other service providers and organizations who may be involved in service provision for the persons served. There are daily therapeutic activities in which the persons served participate. The goal of inpatient treatment is to provide a protective environment that includes medical stabilization, support, treatment for psychiatric or addictive disorders, and supervision. Such programs operate in designated space that allows for an appropriate medical treatment environment.
Intensive Outpatient Programs provide 9 or more hours of structured programming per week in an outpatient setting. Intensive outpatient treatment programs are clearly identified as separate and distinct programs that provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services. The intensive outpatient program consists of a scheduled series of sessions appropriate to the person-centered plans of the persons served. These may include services provided during evenings and on weekends and/or interventions delivered by a variety of service providers in the community. The program may function as a step-down program from partial hospitalization, detoxification, or residential services; may be used to prevent or minimize the need for a more intensive level of treatment; and is considered to be more intensive than traditional outpatient services.
(Adapted from Behavioral Health Care Programs, CARF, 2015)
The gambling treatment programs listed on this website under Treatment Facilities are:
These criteria are explained in further detail below.
1. Licensed or accredited means the program must be approved to provide substance abuse and/or mental health treatment by one of the following:
2. Gambling specific treatment plan and/or protocol is a treatment plan specifically designed for problem gambling clients. The treatment plan should indicate a comprehensive view to gambling treatment, thorough assessment and adequate care of gambling specific treatment needs (family, educational, financial, legal etc.) for clients.
3. Certified Gambling Counselor is defined as an individual who has completed a specific course of study in problem gambling treatment and has been certified by either: