A community partner message:
Casinos and other gambling locations reopening can be a risky time for those who are coping with stress and financial uncertainty. As re-openings may pose a relapse trigger for those struggling with a gambling problem, The Way Back Inn is offering help to problem gamblers. Even during shut-down, some community members have been struggling all along with other forms of gambling still available during closures (ex. online gambling, lottery).
It is estimated that at least 125,000 Illinoisans struggle with a gambling problem. Stress and financial problems brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to add to these numbers, as individuals try to cope and to recoup their losses. Those with an existing problem may need support to stay away as they encounter various advertisements for establishments reopening.
Fortunately, The Way Back Inn is poised to help. Free or low-cost confidential help is available. Voluntary self-exclusion is also available for casino gambling and sports betting.
The Way Back Inn Gambling Use disorder Program is a comprehensive program that focuses on the needs of the client and their family members. The components of the program consist of group counseling, individual counseling, recovery home living, family counseling, lectures on gaming and prevention, and 12-step peer support Gamblers Anonymous meetings.
Illinois also has a 24-hour hotline that can be reached three ways:
- Phone: 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)
- Text: ILGAMB to 53342
- Chat: https://weknowthefeeling.org/
For more information about how the Way Back Inn can help, contact us at 1-833-DONTBET or email [email protected]