Gambling disorder, which is also known as gambling addiction and compulsive gambling, is an often misunderstood problem that is characterized by an inability to control the urge to gamble even after this behavior has exerted a negative impact on a person’s life. Gambling disorder compels people to neglect and/or deceive family and friends, endanger their financial well-being, and put their careers in jeopardy, all in pursuit of a tantalizing and elusive emotional high that is associated with games of chance.
At Keystone Treatment Center, we have considerable experience helping people whose lives have been impacted by gambling disorder. We understand the unique challenges that are associated with this insidious disorder, and we have successfully helped countless adults regain control over their behavior and resume their pursuit of healthy and promising futures.
Helping a Loved One or Family Member Get Treatment
When an individual develops gambling disorder, it is highly unlikely that he or she will be the only one to be negatively impacted. If someone you care about has developed a gambling addiction, you have probably been deceived, manipulated, and let down. If you are reading this page, though, your pain and frustration have not overwhelmed your capacity for compassion and hope. Here are a few ways to transform your positive feelings into productive actions:
- First, educate yourself about behavior compulsions in general, and about gambling disorder. The more you understand what your loved one is experiencing, the better you will be prepared to provide meaningful support.
- Learn about the treatment options that have proven to be effective with people who have struggled with gambling disorder and with any co-occurring conditions that your loved one may be struggling with.
- Research programs that provide the type and level of care that appear to be best suited to meeting your loved one’s unique needs. If possible, visit programs or contact program representatives via phone or email to get answers to your specific questions.
- Stay involved with your loved one while he or she is in treatment at a gambling addiction treatment center. Participate in family activities at the treatment program and consult with staff members to learn how you can best support your loved one’s progress.
Most importantly, remember that in addition to overcoming his or her behavior compulsions, your loved one will also have much work to do in repairing the damage that this problem has caused to his or her relationships, finances, career progress, and legal status. In other words, recovery may be a long and difficult road. Plan to be at your loved one’s side every step of the way.
Why Consider Treatment at Keystone Treatment Center
Gambling disorder can have a profoundly detrimental impact on a person’s life, with potential damage extending to the individual’s physical, mental, emotional, and/or social well-being. Much more serious than merely a strong affection for games of chance, gambling disorder compels afflicted individuals to prioritize gambling over their families, friends, and careers. As a result, individuals who develop gambling disorder are likely to experience outcomes such as strained and failed interpersonal relationships, separation and divorce, job loss and unemployment, financial devastation, and legal problems. Individuals who struggle with untreated gambling disorder are also at increased risk for physical health problems, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. In the face of this mounting devastation, though, it is important to remember that help is available and hope is within reach.
Types of Treatment Offered at Keystone Treatment Center
Keystone Treatment Center in South Dakota is a nationally recognized program that provides a comprehensive individualized continuum of care for adults and adolescents who are struggling with chemical dependency, gambling disorder, and co-occurring conditions.
Services provided on our 13-acre campus include detoxification, medically monitored residential (inpatient) care / day treatment services, and outpatient services. Residential treatment at our center is provided in a gender-specific environment, with specialized tracks for adult and adolescent patients. Depending upon their personalized treatment plans, adults may participate in specialized Gambling, Methamphetamine Corrections, Opioid, Chronic Pain, Young Adult, Christian, and Native American treatment tracks. Christian and Native American treatment tracks are also available for adolescent patients.
Treatment at Keystone Recovery Center incorporates principles of the 12-step recovery model as well as behavioral, cognitive, and interpersonal therapies.
The true heart of Keystone Recovery Center is our staff. Treatment at Keystone is provided by multidisciplinary teams of experienced and dedicated professionals, including the following:
- Licensed Addiction Counselors
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs)
- Licensed Mental Health Therapists
- Medical Technicians
- Rehab Technicians
- Recreational Therapist
- Social Workers
- Cultural Advisors
Depending on the individual needs of each patient, treatment at Keystone Treatment Center may include the following elements:
Gambling addiction treatment: Treatment for gambling disorder at Keystone Treatment Center begins with an assessment by a Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor and the development of a personalized treatment plan. Co-occurring conditions and other issues that are identified during the assessment process are further addressed in individual therapy and in gambling therapy groups. Education programming, counseling, group therapy, and family sessions provide each individual with opportunities to learn new skills, address budgeting and financial concerns, and develop relapse prevention strategies.
Medically monitored detoxification: If an individual comes to our center with drugs or alcohol in his or her body, we provide medically monitored detoxification services within our inpatient programming so that he or she can then fully participate in treatment. Our detoxification services include 24/7 nursing care with physicians available to monitor the progress of patients.
Medication management: Those struggling with mental health conditions may need certain medications to alleviate their symptoms and achieve stabilization. However, the implementation of any medication is always determined on a case-by-case basis. Medical doctors and staff psychiatrists work together to determine the best medication regimen for each individual patient, and nursing staff assist with medical monitoring and medication management.
Individual therapy: All patients participate in individual therapy sessions with a primary counselor at least two times each week. Keystone patients also have the option of meeting with a psychiatrist, primary nurse, psychologist, or clergy member as needed. Individual therapy provides a safe place for patients to process the successes and setbacks that they experience while in treatment.
Family therapy: At Keystone, we realize that family members are also impacted by their loved one’s gambling disorder, and we understand the important role that family plays in a patient’s recovery. To promote healing within the families of our patients and to help family members prepare to provide effective post-treatment support to their loved one, licensed family therapists conduct therapy sessions with patients and their family members as needed. In addition, we provide a weekly Family Program every Sunday before visiting hours. The Family Program is free of charge and includes one hour of psycho-educational programming prior to meeting with patients. We also offer day-long programming on Mondays and Tuesdays for family members.
Group therapy: Group therapy is a central component of our adult gambling addiction treatment at Keystone Treatment Center. Groups are conducted three times each day, and are led by licensed or certified counselors. Group topics may include the following:
- 12-Step Group Meetings
- Community Group
- Gambling Group
- Interactive Sharing Therapy Group
- Relaxation Groups
- Skills Training Groups
- Spirituality Groups
- Topics Group
- Young Adult Topic Group
- Men’s Topic Group
- Women’s Topic Group
Experiential therapy: In addition to traditional groups, patients at Keystone have several daily experiential therapy options to choose from, including the following:
- Arts and crafts
- Cultural activities
- Pastoral care
- Recreational therapy
- Ropes course
- Social training
In addition to providing the treatment methods described on this page, we also work closely with patients to create thorough discharge and aftercare plans. Discharge planning begins the day a patient begins treatment at Keystone. Each patient’s individual counselor and primary nurse work with a social worker to evaluate discharge needs. We also offer weekly discharge planning groups throughout a patient’s stay with us.
At Keystone Treatment Center, our fundamental goal is to restore the individual to a healthier, happier, and more productive life free from dependence on addictive chemicals, gambling, and destructive behaviors. If you or someone you care about is dealing with gambling disorder, Keystone may be the place where the pain of your past struggles is transformed into the promise of a healthier and more hopeful future.