Windsor offers unique gambling addiction services

New gambling addiction program is first of its kind in North America, say health officials.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare launches new program to help friends and family of gambling addicts

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare plans to open a residential program to help people who have a family member addicted to gambling.

People who have a family member addicted to gambling can now enroll in their own support program in Windsor.

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare launches its latest service in April.

The program was designed to meet a constant demand for clients, explained coordinator Shawn Rumble.

"The demand is high," he said. "We always receive requests for services."

Three times this year, Hôtel-Dieu Grace will offer the six-day program. After April's session, the hospital will offer one in July and a third in November.

An estimated 18 people are expected to take the program.

"Like any addiction, gambling, gaming, and internet dependency affect more than just the individual who chooses to continue their respective behaviour," Rumble said. "This program addition will lead to the creation of informed, stable, and supportive friends and family members."

The program is open to both women and men, offering them their own private rooms and washrooms.


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