Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC

 Help to stop gambling.

Have you asked, “How do I, or someone I know stop gambling?”

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center can help.

(716) 833-4274 (Confidential Help)

We are “Here to Help” you stop gambling!


Stop gambling help to stop gambling gambling addiction

Help to stop gambling is available. CLICK ME 

First, click to see Angela DiRosa’s interview with jacquie Walker. They discuss gambling and gambling addiction. Also, how to identify the problem gambling.


“OASAS 2021 Problem Gambling Report”




OASAS makes the following recommendations for future development of problem
gambling prevention, treatment, and recovery services:
1. Continued work with treatment providers to increase the numbers of individuals
seeking and completing treatment for problem gambling
2. Increase treatment options for family members using evidence-based practices
such as Community Reinforcement approaches
3. Develop a gambling track within one or more of the OASAS operated Addiction
Treatment Centers (ATCs)
4. Continued statewide public awareness campaigns and community capacity
building efforts
5. Continued focus on preventing underage gambling and adult-onset problem
gambling and disorder
6. Implement early intervention services such as Gambling Screening, Brief
Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
7. Consider development of research plan / institute for ongoing research into
gambling prevalence, and effective prevention, treatment and recovery
programs and strategies

Additionally, you can view thefull 2021 OASAS Problem Gambling Survey.  ________________________________________________________________________________

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center

New Year, New You! (NYCPG Blog Post) – Read the entire article here!

Western Problem Gambling Resource Center “What’s New?”

Mobile Sports Betting is LIVE in NYS: What does that mean for NY’ers who may be struggling with a gambling problem?

Recently, Angela DiRosa joined Jacquie Walker on WIVB News 4. Angela talked about the impact that Mobile Sports Betting (MSB) on Western New Yorkers. As well as problem gambling and gambling addiction warning signs, and how to get help to stop gambling. Consequently, as MSB rolls out, people need to know how to get help if it becomes a problem. Because a gambling problem can happen to anyone, and very quickly.

Building Partnerships Increases Problem Gambling Knowledge – Help to Stop Gambling

Accordingly, Western PGRC staff are excited to begin a partnership with Save the Michaels of the World. Because, Save the Michaels is dedicated to raising awareness about prescription and other drug addictions. Also the affects of drugs, alcohol, and gambling are closely related. Therefore, everyone in recovery should be aware of services that can also help people to stop gambling. Also, we were impressed with the amazing work Save the Michaels is doing!

National Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is in November. Because EAP’s help people so they can deal with personal or work-related problems that could impact themselves and their work we have partnered to raise awareness of problem gambling. In addition, partners, including Wende Correctional Facility, invited the Western PGRC in so our staff could learn warnings signs and how to get help.

Likewise, if you would like to partner with us learn ways to raise awareness of problem gambling, email us today!

Who Do We Serve?

Besides Buffalo, we serve Warsaw to Jamestown, Batavia to Lewiston and Amherst to Wellsville. Niagara Falls to Olean and Hamburg and Dunkirk. Now, confidentail help is here in Western New York (WNY).

Confidential Email:



Media Links:

WYRK “Help is available”

“Are We Ready For Mobile Sports Betting?”

PPAC Central Blog “Gambling” (Video)

Buffalo News “Mobile Sports Betting”

WKBW “Local Help is Available”

WIVB “Recognizing Gambling Addiction


Warning Signs of Problem Gambling:

Lying about how much you are gambling and borrowing money to gamble and pay debts.

Using money for gambling instead of paying bills.

Feeling anxious because you are unable to gamble.

Bragging about how much/how often you are winning.

Problems at work because you are being distracted by planning gambling activities.

Financial distress due to gambling and gambling losses.

Problem gambling is often easy to hide and can impact anyone. There is no “face” to problem gambling. Therefore, it is important to know the signs. As you can see, even the warning signs can be hidden. Above all, we can help. If you or a loved one need help with a gambling problem, promptly call or email today.


“Here to Help” Call (716) 833-4274 for confidential help with a gambling problem.


Visit StrongerThanYouThinkNY.org for more information. Also learn about how you can become an advocate.

About the Western Problem Gambling Resource Center: Local help to stop gambling.

The Western Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) is a program of the New York Council on Problem Gambling. Funding comes from the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.  Therefore, purpose of the Western PGRC is dedicated to addressing the issue of problem gambling. We serve Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Wyoming Counties. As well as, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties. Western PGRC aims to increase public awareness and connect anyone struggling with services.

Our staff are dedicated to spreading our message so the lives of those harmed by problem gambling improves. Therefore, we help anyone struggling with a gambling problem. We also help their loved ones. Because we focus on supporting people and reducing barriers to getting help. The Western PGRC is above all the premier center for providing help. Help to stop gambling is available now in Western New York.

Training Opportunities Available:

In addition to helping individuals and families find treatment and support, the Western PGRC can help you and your team increase their knowledge of problem gambling.

Training Topics Include: PG 101 – Just the Basics. Also Problem Gambling and Suicide: The Relationship With Mental Health. Additional topics include, Problem Gambling – Emerging Trends and Problem Gambling and Seniors.

In addition to the above topics, we have many trainings to meet your needs. Simply email us for more information!



Western Problem Gambling Resource Center PGRC Team

  • Jeffrey Wierzbicki

    Jeffrey Wierzbicki Team Leader

  • Angela DiRosa

    Angela DiRosa Awesome Program Manager

  • M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R

    M. Erin Koprevich, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R

    Lisa C. Sherwood, LCSW-R Clinician

  • Daniel J. Ort, LMHC

    Daniel J. Ort, LMHC Clinician

  • Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G

    Charles L. Fowler, LCSW-R CASAC-G Clinician

  • Bernard A. Huber, LCSW

    Bernard A. Huber, LCSW Clinician

  • Adam Giancarlo, LCSW

    Adam Giancarlo, LCSW Clinician

  • Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW

    Kris Sokolofsky, LCSW Clinician

  • Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC

    Stephanie Wesner, LMHC, CASAC Clinician

  • Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2

    Lisa Mann, LMHC, CASAC-2 Clinician

  • Jakob Smidt, LCSW

    Jakob Smidt, LCSW Clinician

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