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The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program pays for confidential counseling for Nebraskans and their families who suffer a gambling problem or disorder.

“A gambling disorder is the uncontrollable urge to keep gambling despite the toll it takes on your life.”

– Mayo Clinic

 

State funds that pay for problem or disordered (addicted) gambling counseling derive from the losses gamblers incur wagering on Nebraska lottery or keno.

“I wanted to write about the moment when your addictions no longer hide
the truth from you. When your whole life breaks down. That’s the moment
when you have to somehow choose what your life is going to be about.”

– Chuck Palahniuk, author of “Fight Club”

 

If you are ready to speak with a counselor immediately,

please dial the Gamblers Assistance Program 24/7 helpline at 1-800-522-4700
We will do our best to transfer your call to the counselor you choose.

If you wish to contact a counselor 24/7 directly, please find those listings at
problemgambling.nebraska.gov/counseling-services.

 

Before you willingly put yourself in the path of the gambling - “gaming” - industry, know the warning signs, know the risks.

  1. The gambling industry is in the business of taking as much of your money in the shortest time as often as possible.
  2. The gambling industry seeks to increase the amount of time and money you spend (fast and easy) on a device or game because the more you gamble, the more money you lose, the more money they make.
  3. The human brain is unnaturally stimulated under the influence of this fast and easy gambling to release artificially high levels of a naturally occurring brain chemical – the brain’s reward system that teaches from infancy healthy behaviors when released at normal levels
  4. As the brain begins to crave the artificial doses of the brain chemical released by fast and easy gambling, a person under this level of gambling influence separates from the values and principles of their lives.
  5. Repeated gambling to chase this artificial “high” – particularly when under duress - is a key element of gambling addiction and all the family conflicts, financial crises, and emotional distress it causes.

Careful. The gambling industry seeks to hack your brain and hijack your life.

“What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.” - Aristotle