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Do you gamble?

Health Alert: A side effect of a carefully designed gambling system is getting you into “the zone” of long, uninterrupted gambling.

 

From ergonomic chairs that ease you into longer play sessions to pop culture-themed slot machines delivering 1,200 plays an hour — every element of the gambling system is a careful design that mesmerizes the person gambling, moving them into a trance-like state called “the zone” by gamblers, especially slot machine gamblers. Because zone gambling changes your brain, it can lead directly to gambling addiction.


Three fast tracks to “the (danger) zone”

 

Gambling Fast

Computerized slot machines allow fast betting; on average, a bet every five seconds.

Gambling Alone

Touchscreens offer tactile feedback, and a one-on-one physical connection to the machine that keeps you playing longer.

Gambling Continuously

Easy access to credit bypasses your cash allowance for gambling – so you keep on playing.

Before you know it, your time and money are gone


Gambling can be as addictive as drugs

 

 

 

 

In fact, just thinking about gambling can be as chemically rewarding as actually gambling.
Gamblers describe “the zone” as when he or she has no sense of time or place, and reality falls away. Disruption of “the zone” with a win can be met with irritation because that state was interrupted.

SLOTS ARE PROGRAMMED
TO KEEP GAMBLING
CONTINUOUS

An “almost win,” or a “near miss,” is not what it seems. A resemblance to a win is really a program design to keep the gambler in continuous play.

Computerized slots have a near-infinite number of combinations, keeping the gambler incessantly chasing his losses or trying to win.

Every machine has a set percentage that details how often and how much it pays out. There’s nothing you can do to change this fact.

 

In just two months - from July 1 to August 31, 2018 – people gambled $1,552,531,374 on the penny slot machines at Iowa’s casinos.

THE LONGER YOU GAMBLE, THE MORE YOU LOSE


IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE A GAMBLING PROBLEM, TEST YOURSELF

Take this quick screening* to help determine whether it’s time to take action for your gambling behavior.

 

During the past 12 months, have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling?

 

During the past 12 months, have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled?

 

During the past 12 months, did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from your family, friends or welfare?

 


It's time to break the cycle

 

If the effects of gambling have hurt you or the ones you love, we can help get your life back on track. Our trained counselors are ready to walk you through the steps to break the cycle of gambling addiction and get your life back on a positive path. Click here for more information.

Alabaster Counseling

308-532-0083

lawtonvicki@gmail.com

1300 East 4th Street
North Platte, NE 69101

All-Seasons Counseling Center

308-345-4676

mthomas@allophone.com

207 West 2nd Street
McCook, NE 69001

AM Counseling and Consulting

402-807-5117

lsanchez@omhcoxmail.com

919 Galvin Road South
Bellevue, NE 68005

Choices Treatment Center

24/7 HelpLine    402-476-2300
GAP Helpline    800-522-4700

Choices934@windstream.net
www.choicestreatmentcenter.com

127 South 37th Street, Ste. B
Lincoln, NE 68510

Crossroads Resources

Office    308-432-3920
Cell    308-430-4610

joyekel@hotmail.com

127 West 2nd Street, Ste. 202-203
PO Box 1299
Chadron, NE 69337

Dobesh Counseling, P.C

308-872-2123

jandobesh@gmail.com

1032 South E Ave
Broken Bow, NE 68822

Ron Felton Counseling

308-650-0735

Ron.felton@yahoo.com

319 East B Street
North Platte, NE 69101

Great Plains Mental Health Associates

402-614-0010

www.greatplainsmentalhealth.com

34610 South 133rd Street, Ste. 109
Omaha, NE 68137

Hampton Behavioral Health & Family Services

402-336-3200
402-336-7845 (Call or text for after-hours emergency crisis care)

Betty.hampton1@gmail.com

116 West Douglas Street, Ste. B
O’Neill, NE 68763

Heartland Family Service

402-553-3000

hvogel@heartlandfamilyservice.org
www.heartlandfamilyservice.org/

2101 South 42nd Street
Omaha, NE 68105-2909

Jamie Heng, Mental Health Counselor LLC

402-413-6247

jamie@jamiehengcounseling.com
www.jamiehengcounseling.com

2320 South 48th Street, Ste. 100
Lincoln, NE 68506

Holistic Counseling

308-730-1175

elindlcsw@gmail.com

1617 West 39th Street
Kearney, NE 68845

Lincoln Behavioral Health Clinic

402-489-9959

rschroeder@lbhc.biz
www.counselinglincoln.com

3201 Pioneers Blvd., Ste. 202
Lincoln, NE 68502

Making Choices Counseling

Office    308-234-2119
Fax    308-234-2122

makingchoicescounseling@frontier.com

2222 2nd Avenue, Ste. 400 Kearney, NE 68847 or
3231 Ramada Road #2
Grand Island, NE

A Pathway to Hope Counseling Center

308-440-3308 (24/7 Help Line Available)

godsgirl2801@gmail.com
www.pathwaytohopekearney.com

1617 West 39th Street
Kearney, NE 68845

Peace & Power Counseling

402-515-7412 (24/7 Helpline)

ginafricke@peaceandpowercounseling.com
www.peaceandpowercounseling.com

8031 West Center Road, Ste. 308
Omaha, NE 68124

Pine Lake Behavioral Health

402-610-5835 (24-7 Crisis and Clinical Support)

kerry@pinelakebh.com
www.pinelakebh.com

3901 Pine Lake Road Ste. 410
Lincoln, NE 68516

Problem Gambling Recovery Services

402-699-6810 (24/7 Helpline)

Exnccgjb@aol.com
www.neproblemgambling.com

2218 Wayne St.
Bellevue NE 68005

Serenity Counseling Services

308-737-1351

ljaneengill@gmail.com
www.serenitycounselingnorthplatte.com

1300 East 4th Street, Ste. H
North Platte, NE 69001-4393

Spence Counseling

402-991-0611
402-641-2520
Chuck    402-657-1972 (24/7 Helpline)
Rhonda    402-619-7286

Charles@spencecounseling.com
www.spencecounselingcenter.com

12305 “Q” Street
Omaha, NE 68137

Michael Sullivan Counseling

402-750-7923

mdscounselor@gmail.com

208 North 5th Street, Ste. C
Norfolk, NE 68701