When a family member has a gambling problem.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Coping with a family member's gambling behavior can be exhausting. You have the right to feel safe both physically and emotionally. It can be exhausting trying to hold everything together at home.  Use your energy to take charge of your situation. Remember you cannot force your family member to acknowledge that their gambling is a problem or force them to stop gambling. You are not to blame for their behavior.

To not feel isolated and alone seek support from supportive people around you. It may mean going for counseling or attending a GAMANON meeting. Counseling can be a safer alternative for discussing problems if there is a communication breakdown between you and the gambler.

I like this quote from Corinna Bowers, "I need not know the entire journey in order to take one step!" Remember you are not alone and there is help out there for you, use it!

-Patricia Jirovetz, NCGC1

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Happy New Years

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

 

Happy New Year!!!
All of us here at the WCPG wish you a wonderful New Year! We hope you had a great end of 2014 and that your 2015 is even better.
The WCPG Helpline was very busy in 2014. The Helpline had a record setting 14,731 calls, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2013 and topping the previous record of 14,604 calls in 2009. Our Website, wi-problemgamblers.org started offering a Chat Line in late 2014
The 16th Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Conference will be held on March 12-13, 2015 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. The brochure is now available on our website or by contacting the WCPG office at 920-437-8888 or wcpg@wi-problemgamblers.org. The conference is a great opportuniuty to learn more about gambling disorders, network with others, and have a little fun along the way.
We look forward to working with everyone in 2015.

Happy New Year!!!

All of us here at the WCPG wish you a wonderful New Year! We hope you had a great end of 2014 and that your 2015 is even better.

The WCPG Helpline was very busy in 2014. The Helpline had a record setting 14,731 calls, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2013 and topping the previous record of 14,604 calls in 2009. Our Website, wi-problemgamblers.org started offering a Chat Line in late 2014

The 16th Annual Problem Gambling Awareness Conference will be held on March 12-13, 2015 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, WI. The brochure is now available on our website or by contacting the WCPG office at 920-437-8888 or wcpg@wi-problemgamblers.org. The conference is a great opportuniuty to learn more about gambling disorders, network with others, and have a little fun along the way.

We look forward to working with everyone in 2015.

 

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Meet Rose Gruber, Executive Director

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Welcome to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's first blog. We look forward to connecting with you. I am Rose Gruber and I am the executive director for the WCPG.  From 1990 to 1997 I worked in Sturgeon Bay at a non-profit agency called Help of Door County as the Domestic Violence Services Coordinator.  

In early 1997 I decided it was time for me to think about moving back to Green Bay which is where I grew up and where I called home.  I started applying for a few jobs. My sister called me one Sunday morning and said I just found the perfect job for you in the newspaper. The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling was looking for a Helpline Coordinator.  I had been answering a Helpline for many years and thought "this might be a good fit".  I didn't really know much about the gambling addiction but was excited about finding out more. I applied, was interviewed by two of the original board members, Jerry Buckley and Judy Schaeff.  I still remember the day I got the job. I went to real estate school because I had thought about getting my real estate license.  It was the last afternoon of the class on a beautiful sunny day in May.  When I checked my phone (back then I still had the old bag phone) I had a message from Jerry. He offered me the position. I was so excited.  For about the first 8 months I kept wondering why I took the job. But then one day everything clicked and the     WCPG has become my baby. About a year after I was hired I became the Executive Director.  The rest is history. I absolutely love my job and all of the wonderful people I have met.

What has kept me here for over 17 years?  The fact that every day I can say, I helped someone today. Whether it be a compulsive gambler, a family member or someone else.  I have always had a wonderful dedicated group of board of directors and awesome co-workers to work with.  I have met so many wonderful people along the way-treatment providers, conference attendees, etc.

There have been some bumps in the road but at the end of each day I can say I have been blessed to have been given such a wonderful opportunity to be part of the community that helps provide resources and services for people who are affected by compulsive gambling disorders and their families. Thank you for being part of the journey.

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