Problem Gambling Treatment Program

Type of Service

Addictions Treatment - Problem Gambling

Program Description

Assessment involves a biopsychosocial interview and the completion of assessment tools. Assessment and feedback is generally completed in three sessions, and areas of exploration include gambling, substance use and mental health. Assessment tools commonly administered include the South Oaks Gambling Screen, the Ontario Standardized Assessment Tools, the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (Adult and Adolescent), the Beck Depression Inventory, the Folstein Mini Mental State Examination, and others as indicated. The client is at the centre of the entire process. When providing community based treatment, commonly utilized treatment models include motivational interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. All clinical staff members are cross-trained in addictions and mental health, so clientele with multiple issues receive continuous service with one counsellor. Treatment services are generally provided once per week for one hour. Sessions are typically conducted at the Red Lake or Ear Falls offices with accommodation for special situations (e.g., mobility problems, etc.).

Access Information

All appointments are booked through the Red Lake Office. Referrals from third parties are accepted, and self-referral is preferred. Family members may access services independently, and family sessions can also occur at the request of the client. Services are voluntary and clients must not be impaired during appointments. There are no other forms of assessment beyond the MOHLTC-approved standardized assessment tools required, but they are certainly available as per client need/issues (e.g., concurrent disorder).

User Costs

User Cost No

Referral Contact Information

Phone 807-727-1100
Fax 807-727-3979

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 12 and up
Catchment Municipalities: (Ear Falls; Red Lake)
Wheelchair Access Yes


Policy Allowed




Hours are variable.