Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive or pathologic gambling, is the uncontrollable urge to gamble incessantly despite a desire to stop and the negative impact it has on your life. Gambling addition is an impulse-control disorder and people suffering from it usually aren’t able to quit without help. It is possible to have a problem with gambling, even if you aren’t completely out of control. Problem gambling is any gambling that affects your life. Signs you may have a gambling problem or addiction include a preoccupation with gambling, hiding or lying about your gambling, stealing or borrowing money to gamble, missing work or other life events to gamble, feeling guilty after you gamble, gambling with increasingly large stakes, and feelings of restlessness or anger when not gambling. Whether you think you might have a problem with gambling or a gambling addition, a mental health professional can help you get a handle on it and work with you to make positive changes.

Local experts in Gambling Addiction

Lawrence VENASKA (He/Him)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker


I worked for ten years treating problem gamblers and loved ones of problem gambling. I have developed a keen and versatile style in meeting clients where they are at and developing customized plans while hitting all the basis the primary areas affected by such a devastating money disorder.

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Julio Iñiguez (he/him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist


I have worked with people dealing with gambling addiction since 2013. Most recently supervising an outpatient and residential treatment program for people navigating recovery from disordered gambling. Gambling disorder is different from other addictions, and it's these differences that are important to your treatment if you want it to be successful. We will explore issues like: money, dream world, shame, stigma. We go at your pace and take steps you are ready to take toward your goals.

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Danièla Murrieta (they, them)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate


I have all thee hours required to be a certified gambling counselor and worked with this addiction and many others.

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Janet Sandell (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor


I am a certified gambling addiction therapist, CGACII, and have worked extensively with clients addicted to gambling.

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Diane Madrigale

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor II and a National Certified Gambling Addiction Counselor II. I have worked extensively with the Oregon Gambling Helpline, Oregon Gambling Outpatient Treatment, and Oregon Gear Phone Counseling Program.

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