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Veterans Addiction Recovery Center
Gambling Treatment Center
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
216.791.3800 ext. 6962
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Under contract with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance
Abuse Services and supported by member organizations, OAPCG is responsible
for providing up-to-date resource referral and service agency information to
consumers. The organization will utilize an interactive web site to provide
up-to-date information on problem gambling issues.
The OAPCG strongly encourages the use of a national toll-free Helpline,
operated solely by the National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. (NCPG.)
NCPG provides 24-hour staffed telephone coverage, supportive intervention
and resource and referral information to persons seeking assistance
regarding problem gambling close to you.
The Helpline number 1-800-522-4700 is available to those who desire
information and assistance. A trained staff is available to handle crisis
and non-crisis calls addressing problem gambling. Callers are often seeking
information and/or referrel to professional treatment, an area Gamblers
Anonymous (GA) meeting, or a community health or human service provider.
It is the goal of the OAPCG to work diligently to provide additional
support services throughout Oklahoma by:
Increasing the general public's awareness of problem and compulsive
Enhancing the availability and
quality of treatment services for problem gamblers
and their families through ongoing training programs
statewide. These specialized training programs will
be designed to assist certified and licensed
counseling professionals develop a high level of
expertise in addressing problem gambling issues with
their patients and clients.
Insuring the quality of education
and prevention programs for all citizens of Oklahoma
through the use of print publications, oral
presentations by a OAPCG Speakers Bureau, and the
use of the electronic media.
Working closely with The
National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc. to
develop and implement effective information,
education, and prevention programs on problem
gambling issues, which could be utilized not only
in Oklahoma, but on a national scale.
with state colleges and universities to develop a
high quality research effort in the field of
gambling addiction and co-occurring dependencies.
Raising public awareness of problem gambling issues
throughout the state of Oklahoma.
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OAPCG recommends the following reading:
In the Shadow of Chance, Julian
L. Taber (2001)
Explores the gambler's distortions of thought,
personal agony and social destruction caused by
Pathological Gambling: A Critical Review,
National Research Council (1999)
In depth review and information on prevalence of
pathological and problem gambling as well as its
effects on individuals, relationships, and society.
The Chase, Henry R. Lesieur
Social forces facing the compulsive gambler.
When the Chips are Down, Rachel
A. Volberg (2001)
Provides readers with an understanding of the
challenges posed by problem gamblers to policy
makers and the general public.
When Luck Runs Out, Robert
Custer and Harry Milt (1985)
A complete examination of pathological gambling and
For Family and Friends:
Behind the 8-Ball, Linda Berman
and Mary-Ellen Siegel (1992)
Written as a supportive guide for spouses and those
affected by the behaviors of a compulsive gambler.
Don't Leave it to Chance,
Federman, Drebing, and Krebs (2000)
Research and general information and practical
advise on problem gambling.
Losing Your Shirt, Mary
Approaches for families in dealing with problem
For Clinical Professionals:
Counseling Problem Gamblers,
Joseph W. Ciarrocchi (2002)
Comprehensive, user-friendly source for
understanding and treating pathological gambling.
Understanding & Treating the
Pathological Gambler, Robert Ladouceur
An overview of treatments that have been used for
pathological gambling and a review of the
difficulties encountered in the process of therapy.
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