Arnold Counseling
Michael Arnold, MS, LIMHP, LPC
8031 W. Center Rd., Ste. 303
Omaha, NE 68124
arnoldmccain@cox.net
402-401-7567
 

Gambling

 
 

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

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

Counseling Services

Schedule state-funded counseling to work through your gambling problems with a Certified Disordered Gambling Counselor (CDGC).

GAP counseling through telehealth is paid for and confidential. It allows your routine face-to-face sessions to take place remotely, from the comfort of your living room or office, using your computer or mobile device. Our technology allows your counselor and you to see and talk to each other as if you were in the same room without the inconvenience of travel. You can select and work with a problem gambling counselor from anywhere in Nebraska. Please request information about how to receive confidential counseling services through telehealth when you schedule your appointment.

 

If you are ready to speak with a counselor immediately,

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

problemgambling.nebraska.gov/counseling-services.

How Counseling Works

The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) supervises and oversees the state funding for problem gambling care by training and certifying trained problem gambling counselors, and funds counseling sessions for Nebraskans with a gambling problem and their family members.

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Call 1-800-522-4700 or text 402-249-4468 24/7/365 and talk with a professional who can direct you to a trained counselor of your choice.
  2. Go to Counseling Services on the website, and phone or email a counselor of your choice directly. Please inquire about problem gambling through telehealth when you schedule your visit.
  3. Our trained counselors will help you and your family step-by-step work through solutions to your gambling problem so that you can get your life back.
  4. Counseling for a gambling addiction centers on your goals. Counseling begins at your starting point. Most clients feel hope and their life return as they begin to understand the impact gambling had on their lives.
  5. Nebraskans who got professional help for their gambling addiction report a significant increase in the quality of their lives. Their living situation got better. Their gambling severity lowered. Their employment got better. The frequency of their gambling, their work days missed and their gambling debt all went way down.

Why counseling for a gambling problem in Nebraska is paid for – (it’s always confidential)

Goals

Mission

The mission of the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program is to counter the negative impact of gambling addiction with effective, evidence-based prevention and treatment services for Nebraskans and their families.

If You Need Help

If you, or someone you care about, is experiencing real trouble with gambling, the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) pays for problem gambling counseling. GAP trains and certifies problem gambling counselors to treat Nebraskans and their families who suffer a gambling disorder.

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 hormone – dopamine – 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 dopamine 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