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Lutheran Social Services Gamblers Choice

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week - March 3-9, 2013

As the sole provider of accredited counseling services for problem gamblers and their families in North Dakota, Lutheran Social Services Gamblers Choice helps people overcome their gambling addiction and resolve related emotional, relationship and financial issues.

"Each individual or family that comes to Lutheran Social Services Gamblers Choice for assistance has their own unique set of circumstances that need to be addressed," said Lisa Vig, Program Director.

"An individualized, thoughtful and personal approach is given to each situation. It’s our goal to help facilitate healing and assist in safely returning the addicted gambler to his or her community and family.”

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Research finds that 2 to 3 percent of the US population will have a gambling problem in any given year. That’s 6 to 9 million Americans, yet only a small fraction seek out services, such as treatment and self-help recovery programs. There is hope and help for those who suffer from gambling problems.

Don Feeney, NCPG president, notes, “Problem gambling doesn't discriminate. It can affect rich and poor, young and old, male and female. You can find it in big cities, small towns, and in places far from the nearest casino. The problem gambler can be your neighbor, your co-worker, or a member of your family. It's a medical condition, not a moral weakness. There's treatment. There's hope."

Recovery works and it also matters. When addressing one's gambling problem, it is possible to turn one's way of life around. National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (March 3-9, 2013) is a great time to make a decision to address a gambling problem.

For more information, contact one of the Lutheran Social Services Gamblers Choice counseling sites:

  • Bismarck - 1616 Capitol Way, 701-223-1510
  • Fargo - 4720 7th Ave. S., Suite B, 701-271-3222
  • Grand Forks - 412 Demers Ave., 701-772-7577
  • Minot - 1905 2nd St. SE, Suite 1B, 701-838-7800
  • Williston - P.O. Box 163 701-774-0749

The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network: 1-800-522-4700

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign. The goal is to educate the public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally.

For more information about National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, please visit

Our Impact This Year

  • People received help with immigration-related services


  • Problem gamblers who found help


  • Hours of training provided by Child Care Aware to early childhood workforce


  • Seniors provided with companionship in North Dakota


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