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Jun 1, 2021

How Casinos Influence Gamblers

While casinos love to create a fun, welcome atmosphere where everyone wins, there are tactics that casinos use which enable gamblers in their addiction. 

In fact, casinos design their building layouts and game rooms to keep you there as long as possible, so that they can make more money off of your losses. 

Here are a few ways that casinos enable your gambling habits. 

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May 12, 2021

Mental Health Effects of Gambling

Gambling is often framed as being a harmless form of entertainment, whether it’s betting on sports, playing slot machines, or buying lottery tickets. The normalization and accessibility of gambling is greatly contributing to the rise in compulsive gambling.

Many compulsive gamblers know that it’s not a harmless hobby. In fact, gambling has serious effects on your mental health. One study found biopsychosocial effects caused by pathological gambling, leading to direct triggers and worsening depression, anxiety, obsessive disorders, and personality disorders. 

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May 3, 2021

Founder Rick Benson on Craig Carton's Radio Show: How Algamus Started

Craig Carton, host of WFAN’s radio show, “Hello, My Name is Craig,” recently attended Algamus to treat his compulsive gambling disorder. Over the weekend, he sat down with Algamus founder, Rick Benson, to discuss Rick’s past with gambling, and how he went on to start Algamus, one of the only gambling-specific treatment centers in America.

Listen to the audio recording of the interview here.

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Apr 16, 2021

How to Stop Gambling

Just like any addiction, a gambling addiction creeps up on a person gradually. What may start as harmless sports betting, may turn into an unhealthy obsession with gambling that leads to serious consequences.

With the rise of online gambling, problems with gambling addiction are even more hidden than ever before. If you have a gambling problem, those around you may not even realize it, since they don’t see you spending endless hours at the casino. 

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Jul 27, 2020

Problem Gambling is not just a North American issue

Problem gambling is not just an issue in North America, it is universal.  In this first post we will look at problem gambling in Japan, where the Japanese government has recently introduced legislation allowing Integrated Resorts with Casinos into the country for the first time.

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May 11, 2020

How to Approach a Loved One About Their Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction can take a huge toll on your relationships and your family finances. If you suspect a loved one is struggling with a compulsive gambling disorder, approaching them the right way is key to having a successful conversation. Suggesting that a loved one get treatment is a challenge, but if they know you are there to offer support and with their best interests at heart, they may be more likely to see out professional help.

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Sep 27, 2019

Does Insurance Cover Gambling Addiction Treatment

When you or a loved one are ready to get help for gambling addiction, the main concern may be how you are going to pay for treatment. Addiction services can be very expensive. Many insurance plans cover treatment for a gambling problem as part of mental health services.

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Aug 29, 2019

Post-Treatment Support For Gamblers

Many problem gamblers find that quitting gambling is only the first step toward recovery. The more difficult challenge is committing to stay away from gambling after treatment. The easy access and widespread availability of lotteries, casinos, internet gambling, bookies, and sports betting make avoiding gambling even harder.

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Aug 26, 2019

How is Gambling Addiction Different from Substance Abuse?

Although there are many similarities between gambling addiction and substance addiction, there are a few significant differences. It is important to recognize these differences, especially regarding diagnosis and treatment.

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Jul 31, 2019

What Role Do Alumni Groups Play in Addiction Recovery?

Addiction is a chronic condition which requires multiple levels of treatment to promote recovery and prevent relapse. When an individual graduates from an addiction program, the aftercare phase begins. A part of aftercare is alumni programs. 

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