Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
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St. Joseph's Care Group

Addictions & Mental Health

Addiction Treatment for Gambling

What is it?

A person is gambling whenever they risk money or something of value to engage in an activity that has an outcome of chance involved.

Behavioural Addictions Program Team, Left to Right: Ember Schincariol, Erin Dietrich & Karlee Gutmann
Behavioural Addictions Program Team
L-R: Ember Schincariol, Erin Dietrich & Karlee Gutmann

A person may gamble problematically when they believe a machine is going to pay out a large sum of money because it is due for a win, they are chasing money previously lost, or as a way to cope with other problems in their life.

People who are gambling problematically may face many different problems in life, gambling not only affects one’s financial life, but all areas of their life as well such as personal relationships. Answer the five questions below to help you determine whether or not your gambling is causing problems in your life.

What services are offered?
  • Assessment
  • Referral
  • Individual Counselling
  • Live-in Treatment Program
  • Family Program
  • Aftercare

If you are from an area surrounding Thunder Bay, please click here for the referral package that must be completed with a referring agency in your area.

Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline

1(888) 230-3505

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Free, confidential & anonymous, available across Ontario

Gambling Questionnaire
Gambling Questionnaire*
  • In the past 12 months, have your gambled more than you intended to?
  • In the past 12 months, have you claimed to be winning money when you were not?
  • In the past 12 months, have you felt guilty about the way you gamble, or about what happens when you gamble?
  • In the past 12 moths, have people criticized your gambling?
  • In the past 12 months, have you had money arguments centrered on gambling?

If you answered yes to more than a few of these, your gambling is at risk of becoming problematic and it may be time to start making changes to your gambling.

If you would like help, please contact us.

* Questions adapted from Centre for Addiction & Mental Health Short Gambling Screen.


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