Problem Gambling treatment available; free assessment, counseling and treatment offered to individuals and families

Capital Area Human Services (CAHS) Center for Gambling Treatment offers outpatient services to Louisiana residents in the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana who have been negatively impacted by problem or pathological gambling. There is no cost for these services.

The CAHS Board of Directors recently endorsed a proclamation made by Governor John Bel Edwards announcing March as Louisiana Problem Gambling Awareness Month. During March, the Capital Area Human Services Center for Gambling Treatment is increasing its outreach to the community to provide information, education and direct assistance to those in need.

An open house will be held on Friday, March 23, in the CAHS Center for Adult Behavioral Health lobby at 4615 Government Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The gambling treatment program offers screenings, assessments, treatment planning, and individual, family and group counseling. Services include individualized plans to aide recovery and counseling to better understand addiction and to empower individuals to reconcile family relationships. CAHS also offers specialty services for adolescents who are most vulnerable to the lures of gambling, especially sports betting and card games.

The CAHS Center for Gambling Treatment is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A continuing care group is held on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The center can be reached by calling 225-362-5360. After hours, individuals may call the state toll-free hotline at 877-770- 7867. For assistance, contact Matricia "Matt" Green, LAC, CCGC, and Kyllie Jenkins, CAC, CCGC, certified counselors in compulsive gambling treatment.

Capital Area Human Services strives to facilitate person-centered recovery by empowering people to improve their whole health and wellbeing. Since 1996, CAHS has provided community-based programs and services for mental health, developmental disabilities, and addiction recovery in the Louisiana Parishes of Ascension, East & West Baton Rouge, East & West Feliciana, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee. Learn more at www.realhelpbr.com.

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