Iowa Gambling Treatment Program Works

Responsible Gaming Education Week: August 3-7

Iowa Department of Public Health's Iowa Gambling Treatment Program (IGTP) annual report, compiled by the University of Northern Iowa Center for Social and Behavior research, shows continued success at treating problem gambling. 

According to the report, 92 percent of those treated reported reduced signs of problem gambling. Research consistently shows that less than 2 percent of those who gamble experience gambling problems. It is important for those who are prone to compulsive gambling to have avenues for securing help and getting treatment from the experts by calling 1-800-BETSOFF or visiting 1800betsoff.org

Iowa has always been proactive in creating a number of ways to help treat problem gambling. All services are outpatient, but there are also e-therapy services or distance-treatment services to assure that anyone who needs help can access it. 

The Iowa Gaming Association (IGA) and its commercial casino members are committed to supporting responsible gambling at its commercial casinos. We believe it’s imperative for the state to continue funding the counselors with the expertise who do outstanding work of helping some Iowans through effective and highly accessible IGTP treatment programs. 

This year’s Responsible Gaming Education Week (download a brochure here) will be held August 3-7 with many activities planned at each casino to heighten awareness. Some are incorporating themes of “Partnering with their Provider” to showcase the close working relationship that exists to promote people coming to a casino for responsible fun and entertainment while also knowing the warning signs and ways to properly intervene if someone is experiencing problems. 

For a full article about this year’s annual report and insightful comments from Eric Preuss, Program Manager for the Office of Problem Gambling Treatment and Prevention, read this Radio Iowa article. For more information about getting help, visit our Iowa Treatment Program page or Responsible Gaming Resources page.

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