Problem Gambling Services

[pros·per]  to become strong and flourishing
It’s our goal for you.

Is gambling affecting yours or a loved one’s life? Have you ever gambled longer than you had planned or played until your very last dollar was gone?  Do you have feelings of remorse or sadness after gambling? Perhaps you’ve experienced strained relationships, financial hardship, or even career problems as a result of gambling.

These kinds of behaviors are often signs of a larger gambling problem, so if you relate to the above questions, it may be time to evaluate your risk. Additionally, people struggling with a gambling problem may borrow, steal or take loans to support their habit, and may also feel anxious or even suicidal at times. Such problems can arise from different types of gambling, including everything from buying a lottery or scratch ticket, to playing Bingo and betting on outcomes of sporting events.

 Whether you are thinking about making a change, finding a path to recovery, or simply looking to get information, Fenway Health’s Problem Gambling Specialists can help you to:

  • Understand your own gambling behaviors;
  • Figure out where you may benefit from change;
  • Deal with the actual process of change;
  • Provide ongoing support to you and/or loved ones every step of the way.

No matter where you are in your journey, our goal is to help you prosper along the path to recovery.  

*Note: Fenway serves all individuals and families regardless of ability to pay. We provide free care and discounted charges on a sliding scale depending on family size and income, and to persons with significant medical expenses.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is gambling that causes emotional, family, legal, financial or other problems for the gambler and those around them. A gambling problem can range from mild to severe and can worsen over time.

According to a key report by UMass, it is currently estimated that across the state of Mass:

  • Between 67,500 and 109,100 adults can be classified as problem gamblers.
  • An additional 353,400 to 426,200 adults can be classified as at-risk gamblers.

What are some signs of problem gambling?

People who have a problem with gambling may often feel:

  • A need to bet more money more frequently
  • Irritated when they try to stop
  • A desire to “chase” their losses to recover money.

Such behaviors can lead to more gambling, despite financial loss and the trust of friends and loved ones. Often those with a gambling problem spend a large portion of their income on problem gambling.

What is the connection between gambling disorders and substance abuse disorders?

Problem gambling is often accompanied by substance abuse. People who gamble can often experience intense excitement, power and hopeful anticipation as a result of gambling. For some, a dependency on the “action” of gambling occurs in a similar way to dependency on the effects of alcohol or other drugs.

How does Fenway’s Acupuncture services work in conjunction with the Addiction Recovery & Wellness program?

Fenway’s acupuncture services can assist patients seeking addiction & behavioral health services. Stimulation of specific acupuncture points can activate the central nervous system, which, in turn, releases chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain.

These chemicals can help to alter the experience of pain and influence the body’s self-regulating systems. These biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. As such, acupuncture has been shown to be effective in treating cravings, mood disorders, anxiety, insomnia and depression.

What is the advantage of Fenway’s LGBT competence in providing care?

Your health is important. Being open with your health care provider about your life is important for staying healthy. This includes letting your provider know if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ), or have questions about your sexual orientation or gender identity. If you talk to your provider about being LGBTQ, your provider can:

  • Pay closer attention to health issues that affect the LGBT community.
  • Learn to use the terms, names, pronouns, and other words you prefer.
  • Refer you to other providers and specialists who are welcoming to LGBTQ populations.
  • Better involve you in decisions about your health.
  • Help connect you with support for you or your family, especially if you are having problems.