HEALTH CARE: Munson first in area to offer gambling treatment

Questions to ask someone suspected of having a gambling problem:

* Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?

* Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?

* Did gambling affect your reputation?

* Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?

* Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts?

* Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

* After losing, did you feel you must return to win back your losses?

* After a win, did you have a strong urge to return and win more?

* Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?

* Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?

* Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

TRAVERSE CITY – Munson Behavioral Health Services has added counseling for problem gamblers and their families to its growing list of addiction treatment services.

Gambling addiction has been identified as a problem on the increase by state and national sources. As with other addictions, gambling poses a real threat to the health, stability, and solvency of families and businesses in our community.

To minimize potential personal and community loss, it is essential for people with these problems to receive help as soon as signs of problem gambling can be identified, according to Marge Brehmer, director of Munson Behavioral Health Services.

To address this need in local communities, Munson Behavioral Health has become state certified and now acts as a provider for the statewide Gambling Treatment Network.

As the only local member of the state Gambling Treatment Network, Munson has the ability to tap into state funds appropriated for the treatment of this addiction.

With these funds, treatment may be available at a very low cost, which increases accessibility for already financially-strapped individuals and families.

Munson’s two state-certified gambling addiction counselors on staff each have more than 15 years of counseling experience in the field of addiction: Robert Baker, MA, CSW, CAC-I, CCGC, and Barbara Emmott, MA, LPC, CAC-II, CCGC.

Services include:

? Screening for gambling addiction

? Assessment for coexisting addictions or mental health issues

? Counseling/treatment on-going referral and follow-up

For more information, call 935-6382. BN

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