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Problem Gambling Sevices Adds Internet, Video Game Addiction Programs

Monday June 29th, 2015, 10:00am


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Problem Gambling services at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is adding video game and internet dependency services to their programming.

Shawn Rumble, HDGH Problem Gambling Counselor and a recognized Provincial Specialist and Trainer is leading this expansion of services. He says that video game and/or internet dependency may be referred to by different terms including internet and video game addiction, internet gaming addiction, cyber dependence, and disruptive use behaviours.

“Our approach is to add Video Game and Internet Dependency focus in all aspects of our interactions with clients – from assessment criterion, to
counseling with our staff who have received training on Problematic Internet Use, as well as incorporating into the current Residential Treatment Services,” said Rumble.

Problem Gambling Services is now located  on the first floor of the Emara building of the Tayfour Campus. Problem Gambling Services has pioneered outpatient treatment and support services since 1994 but it was in 2005 that they began offering Residential and Day Treatment services. Through Ontario’s only gambling specific residential and day treatment program, Problem Gambling Services staff have served over 800 clients through 21-day cycles since 2005.

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