Bob Breen, PhD, director of the gambling treatment program, explains gambling addiction and how its treated at Rhode Island Hospital.
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It has never been easier for people to gamble legally, comfortably and conveniently on a wide variety of games and events. Unfortunately, for some people gambling becomes much more than a harmless form of entertainment. They spend more time thinking about gambling, they gamble much more often, and they lose much more money than they can afford. Gambling becomes an obsession, not a pastime. When gambling becomes a problem, professional help is available.
At the Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program, we do not take any political or moral position on gambling. We are solely interested in providing the most comprehensive and effective professional Mental Health services available to problem gamblers.We also counsel family members.
Since 2001, we have treated approximately 1,600 gambling addicts. Our approach to Mental Health includes demonstrating the value and effectiveness of our services, so we are dedicated to clinical research as well. We have discovered that the large majority of our patients have improved significantly following treatment and they have maintained improvement for more than 6, 12 and even 18 months.
The program includes: