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2018 is a special year for Algamus — it’s our 25th anniversary. As we reflect on this milestone we look back at how far we have come, the relationships that have been restored, lives that have been transformed and friendships that we have created along the way.  

Algamus is the oldest privately funded, gambling-specific, residential treatment facility in the United States. Our specialized gambling disorder rehab program treats gambling addiction exclusively. The existence of this gambling-specific treatment program helps clients to overcome the kind of denial that normally arises when you integrate gambling clients with those who have other substance use disorders. This specificity allows our clients to discover, experience, and practice important skills needed to achieve a successful recovery from their problem gambling.

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Developing Long-Lasting Partnerships

Over the years we have developed a series of excellent partnerships including one with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), which seeks to serve as the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Alongside this partnership we also work with Gamblers Anonymous, which is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may work through their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem.

A Team Dedicated to Recovery

Our 25-year milestone would not have been possible without the amazing dedication, hard work and expertise of our staff. Most of our staff members are in recovery from gambling addiction themselves and so they fully understand the unique issues surrounding gambling disorders. Our staff have the privilege to be a part of and witness firsthand the power of gambling treatment. We are proud and grateful to have been part of the more than 2,000 lives that have been transformed by Algamus Gambling Treatment Services to date.

Genuine Connections with Our Clients

Our biggest thanks go to our incredible clients. Your loyalty and trust over the years has allowed us to push the boundaries of what is possible and to excel in all that we do. Thank you for being part of the Algamus family. We look forward to celebrating your gambling sobriety milestones.

While many thank us for saving their life or the life of a loved one, we always say that we do not save lives. Only God saves lives. He just made us a messenger and we are so grateful He does.

As our story continues to unfold, we honor our humble beginnings. Twenty five years ago, it was just me, today we have in excess of 15 staff members, all highly qualified. We also have internationally certified gambling counselors, financial pressure relief counselors and a psychiatrist/addictionologist among other experts.

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Our Next Success: Working with You

We have experienced incredible changes in these 25 years both within the business and across the gambling industry. The future is undecided but Algamus’s path remains clear — we will always be committed to compulsive gambling recovery, and we will approach each client with the same dedication that has made Algamus what it is today.

If you’ve gone through a gambling treatment program before but it didn’t work, or if you’re concerned about a loved one who doesn’t seem to want to get help, the best thing you can do is contact one of our gambling treatment professionals today.

Topics: Gambling Addiction, Treatment, Recovery

Rick Benson

Written by Rick Benson

Rick founded Algamus Recovery Centers in 1992. A Cornell University graduate, Rick is an Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II) and a Canadian Problem Gambling Counselor (CPGC). Algamus and Rick were featured on the very first episode of Intervention on the A&E channel.