Meridian offers specialized treatment services designed to help adults overcome the effects of problem gambling. Services include consultation, assessment, counseling (individual, group, and/or family), financial planning, and relapse prevention. Free consultations are available for individuals and families.
All counselors who provide treatment within our Problem Gambling Program have received intensive gambling-specific training and are highly qualified to provide this specialized treatment.
Individual and Family Counseling
Family and significant others are encouraged to be involved in treatment. Information is provided on the disease and how the family can support the recovery process. The initial focus of this service is on money protection and pressure relief.
Group and Individual Outpatient Treatment
Group and individual sessions are scheduled weekly. Groups focus on support and sharing of personal recovery issues. Individual sessions deal with understanding the disease of gambling addiction and recovery.
Youth and Adult Prevention Services
Meridian provides gambling-specific education, professional training, outreach, and awareness within our community. This service focuses on youth, families, and the community. Our goal is to continually raise awareness about gambling issues, reduce misconceptions about who it affects, and provide resources to those in need.
Initially, a family member or trusted person is identified to protect the money and take finances out of the gambler’s hands. Each family is asked to identify gambling losses and debt and track monthly spending as well as income sources. A credit report is suggested to verify consumer debt. From this information, a sample budget is formed and restitution options are identified.
Families are encouraged to be involved in the money protection and budgeting process but it is not required. A professional financial planner or advisor, or support through Gamblers Anonymous, is recommended in most cases.
Continued group and family sessions provide extended support and the opportunity to process relapse triggers and safety plans. It is recommended that each member is involved in a community-based support group, such as Gamblers Anonymous, or a spiritual or personal growth fellowship.
In some cases, medication may be part of a treatment plan. It’s important to remember that no medication will automatically cure an addiction disorder. However, medication like an antidepressant may relieve symptoms of any co-occurring mental condition, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorder, and impulse-control disorder. Treating both co-occurring illnesses is extremely important, especially if the disorder increases compulsive behavior.
As with any prescription, know that medication can cause its own side effects. Talk with your primary doctor and counselor if you are experiencing other health problems resulting from your medication.