Often, gamblers have other problems that are part of the reason they gamble. These may include depression, anxiety and substance abuse disorders. It is not known whether one problem causes the other. It is more important to get a clear picture of the individual. This is why a complete evaluation is recommended.
Problem gambling must be treated on several levels at the same time. We assess psychiatric, behavioral, financial and family problems associated with problem gambling. Some people are referred to psychiatrists directly connected to the program who can help with medication when that is needed.
The therapists at the Rhode Island Gambling Treatment Program use the assessment to work with gamblers and help them design treatment goals. Goals are individual to each person and are not based on a "one size fits all" model.
Treatment goals may include:
Treatment for family members is available whether or not the gambler is in treatment. This may include: