Most persons who gamble believe they are gambling responsibly. They see gambling as one of their preferred means of entertainment. Like most forms of entertainment, it has a monetary cost and a time commitment. Most people do not need counseling related to their gambling habits.

The shortest way to determine if you need gambling counseling is to ask yourself two simple questions:

·      Do I lie about my gambling to anyone else?

·      Do I stay within my financial means when I gamble?

If you answer yes to either question or have doubts about either question, you may need more information. If you can answer “no” without any doubts to both questions, you may not need counseling related to your gambling habits. Read for more information to make a clearer decision or call me and let’s discuss it.

 

What types of gambling activities do people participate in?

 

  • Keno (online or in person)
  • Betting on sports activities (online, with the services of a bookie, or in person)
  • Casino games (online or in casinos)
  • Lotteries and scratch off tickets
  • Playing cards for money (online or in person)
  • Playing dice/craps for money (online or in person)
  • Horse races or other animal races (including simulcast, online, or in person)
  • Pickle cards
  • Playing bingo for money (online or in person)
  • Raffles (online, by mail, or in person)
  • Sweepstakes that require money to play (online, by mail, or in person)
  • Betting on any contingencies (online, with the services of a bookie, or in person)
  • Cock fights, dog fights, or other similar activities

 

What types of activities resemble gambling that might be a problem?

 

  • Fantasy sports with a fee to play and potential money awards for winning
  • Video games
  • Electronic games
  • Online gaming
  • Imprudent, excessive stock market trading
  • Imprudent, excessive buying and selling of items (online or in person)

 

How can I tell if I have a problem with the gaming activities that are not strictly gambling but resemble gambling activity?

 

Very simply:

·      Do I feel compelled to lie about my participation to anyone else? Do I have to keep it a secret?

·      Do I stay within my financial means and time commitments when I play or participate?

If you answer yes to either question or have doubts about either question, you may need more information. If you can answer “no” without any doubts to both questions, you may not need counseling related to your gaming habits. Read for more information to make a clearer decision. If you participate in any other activity not mentioned here and you wonder about whether you need more information about it, please call me to discuss it.

 

What is the most important thing for me to know about gambling counseling in Nebraska?

 

People who have problems with gambling or gaming practices listed above can get gambling counseling services for free in Nebraska. I am certified to provide these free services to you. Call me to find out more information.

 

How is that counseling for problem gambling and addictive gaming habits can be offered free of charge in Nebraska?

 

Nebraska law requires that a certain portion of lottery and scratch off ticket profits be reserved to assist people who have developed problems related to their habits. Counselors who are certified under state law are reimbursed for their services to persons who experience problem gambling and gaming habits.

 

What if I personally do not have a gambling or gaming habit, but I live with someone who does, or I have a family member or friend who has a problem?

 

You may be eligible for free counseling related to how it affects you. Please call me to see if you qualify.

 

More Information and help

 

24 Hour Confidential National Helpline

800-522-4700

National Council on Problem Gambling

www.ncpgambling.org