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  • RI Gambling Treatment Program

  • Gambling Treatment Program

  • Video Features

    Bob Breen, PhD, director of the gambling treatment program, explains gambling addiction and how its treated at Rhode Island Hospital.

    More videos (Links to YouTube)

    A Local Gambler Seeks Help
    The Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program is featured on WPRI Channel 12

    Playing to Extinction
    A must-watch video about why electronic gambling machines are the purest form of predatory gambling.

    Slot Machines: The Big Gamble
    A 60 Minutes report on the proliferation of gambling and its main attraction, the slot machine.

    What Every Player Needs to Know
    A slot machine tutorial produced by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation and the Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre.

    For more information call 401-444-7036, or contact us online.

    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:

    • Individual, group and family therapy with licensed clinical psychologists who are gambling specialists
    • Medication consultation and management (insurance coverage required for medication management)
    • Complete confidentiality
    • Acceptance of major insurance plans

    Our mascot is a turtle.
    Why a turtle?