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In addition, we offer a variety of resources for both individuals and family members impacted by problem gambling. Our services are confidential. We can help cover the cost of treatment, if needed.
- ONE TO ONE THERAPY SESSIONS
- Available to the individual having difficulties with gambling and their families. Financial assistance available. Telehealth available.
- PEER SUPPORT GROUPS
- Group recovery support. Available in-person, via zoom or phone.
- CLINICIAN LED GROUPS
- Led by our specially trained Problem Gambling Treatment providers.
- ONLINE RESOURCES
- Available to individuals and family members.
A Hidden Risk Among Our Veterans
We proudly celebrate and honor our Veterans and their families during the month of November. National Veteran Month and Military Families Month is a time to reflect on the sacrifices that our nation’s military and their families make every day. Our veterans and service members face many unique challenges. These challenges can impact not only the service member themselves, but also their families.
Veterans and military personnel are at higher risk of developing gambling problems. There can be many reasons why those in the military may gamble. They may turn to gambling to pass time, escape stress and cope with emotions. Opportunities to gamble are vast, especially on base and overseas. On base slot machines, friendly sports wagers, and simple card games can serve as recreation, but can quickly spiral out of control.
Problems with gambling can also impact family members back home. Problem gambling can lead to financial issues, lack of trust, and relationship issues. When you add in the stress of a deployment or a return to civilian life these problems can be magnified.
This November we aim to raise awareness about the impact of problem gambling can have on Veterans, Active-Duty Military, and their families. If someone you know is struggling with their gambling, know that help and hope are available through your local Problem Gambling Resource Center.
Resources for Veterans and Military Families:
PGRC Blog – The Impact of Problem Gambling on Veterans, Military Personnel and Their Families
Partner Spotlight: Veteran Problem Gambling Suicide Prevention Coalition of the Capital Region
Did you know that Veterans are 2x as likely than their civilian counterparts to develop a Problem Gambling behavior? 44.7% of Veterans who have problem gambling have had thoughts of suicide and 20.8% of them attempted suicide at least once. In contrast, 28.1% of non-gambling veterans have had thoughts of suicide and 8.7% of them attempt suicide at least once.
The Veteran’s Problem Gambling Suicide Prevention Coalition of the Capital Region has been meeting monthly for a year discussing the topics of problem gambling and suicide risk among the Veteran population. The goals for this coalition are to:
- To develop a coalition within Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties for the purpose of bringing awareness to the community on problem gambling and suicide prevention among the Veteran population.
- Identify Service Members, Veterans, and their families and screen for suicide risk and problem gambling.
- Promote connectedness to resources and improve care transitions
- Increase education regarding lethal means safety and safety planning
- Increase protective factors and reduce risk factors for problem gambling and suicide.
Throughout this last year, the Coalition has worked on educating our community through various events such as trainings, panel discussions and outreach. With the events held, the Coalition was able to target several community sectors, including federal, state, nonprofit organizations. Data collected this past year has shown a need for increased education and awareness for problem gambling and the risk for suicide within the Veteran and military population.
To learn more or join the conversation, email [email protected]
Capital District Veteran PGSP Coalition Recovery Panel Meeting
Recovery Panel Video
Recovery Resources – #TalkingHelps
We understand the importance of peer support when it comes to problem gambling. Listening and learning from someone with lived experience is a valuable asset to someone’s recovery journey. We are so fortunate to have so many partners in recovery with lived experience who are willing to listen to others and share their experiences with others.
Check out these amazing resources, podcasts and YouTube channels:
Screening Saves Lives
We encourage everyone to screen for problem gambling. Screening for problem gambling can save lives.
For screening tools and additional resources visit the NY Council on Problem Gambling.
If your organization has a website or social media pages, feel free to share our eScreener link so people can do a self-assessment.
If you think you or someone you care about may be struggling with gambling there are confidential and anonymous screening tools to help assess these behaviors and risks. Check your gambling behaviors here:
Did you know that veterans and active military personnel are two to three times more likely to develop gambling problems than the general population? We are fortunate to have had the opportunity to raise awareness about this issue and let our military service members, veterans and caregivers know that there are supports and resources available to help address problems related to gambling. That’s why we have a dedicated Veteran Outreach Coordinator on staff to assist our veterans.
Meet Jonathan Crandall, Veteran Outreach Coordinator |USMC’98 to ’06. Jonathan is here to serve the brave men and women who have served our country. If you are a veteran or a loved one of a veteran that struggles with problem gambling, call Jonathan at (315) 748-1163 or email [email protected] He is here to help!
Learn with us!
If your organization is interested in learning more about problem gambling through an in-person or virtual training, reach out to our Team Leader, Brandy Richards today. Contact info: [email protected]
NYCPG Resource Library – Information at Your Fingertips!
How to Get Involved
Screening tools – Does your organization screen for problem gambling? There are a variety of simple screening tools you can use. Access screening tools here:
Education – We offer a variety of free in-person and virtual training opportunities. Contact Brandy Richards to schedule a training for your students, staff or community members – [email protected]
Outreach – We have a variety of resources and materials to help you and others learn about what problem gambling is, how it can affect different populations, and warning signs to look for. Contact us to get yours today: [email protected]
Show your support – Do you care about problem gambling? Get your partner seal here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/iadsfq06cic5jby/AABGIptX_cmw9_vHkhRt6HPDa?dl=0
Join our efforts – To learn more about how YOU can help us, help others, email us at [email protected]
We’re here to help!
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, which is funded by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The Northeast PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling within the Northeastern New York region through increasing public awareness and connecting those adversely affected with services that can help them.
We are dedicated to the positive transformation of lives harmed by problem gambling including individuals with a gambling problem as well as their families and communities. With a focus on supporting the individual and reducing barriers to care, the Northeast PGRC is truly the premier organization providing problem gambling services in the Northeastern region of New York State.