GAMBLING ADDICTION SCREENING
CAN YOU USE HELP?
Fun and games can get out of control
You can use these screening tools to find out if you can use some help.
Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)
The Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) is a 3-item survey designed to help people evaluate their need for a formal gambling behavior evaluation. The BBGS is based on the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for pathological gambling.
For more information and to use the BBGS e-screener, please visit the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction.
NORC Diagnostic screen for gambling problems-self administered (NODS-SA)
The NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders (NODS-SA) is a self-assessment version of the NODS. It's meant to assist individuals in evaluating whether to seek help for their gambling behavior.The NODS is based on the APA’s DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING 10 YES/NO QUESTIONS HONESTLY:
- Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences, planning out future gambling ventures or bets, or thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with?*
- Have there ever been periods when you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money or make larger bets in order to get the same feeling of excitement?*
- Have you ever felt restless or irritable when trying to stop, cut down, or control your gambling?*
- Have you tried and not succeeded in stopping, cutting down, or controlling your gambling three or more times in your life?*
- Have you ever gambled to escape from personal problems, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings, such as guilt, anxiety, helplessness, or depression?*
- Has there ever been a period when, if you lost money gambling one day, you would often return another day to get even?*
- Have you lied to family members, friends, or others about how much you gamble, and/or about how much money you lost on gambling, on at least three occasions?*
- Have you ever written a bad check or taken money that didn’t belong to you from family members, friends, or anyone else in order to pay for your gambling?*
- Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends? Or, has your gambling ever caused you problems at work or with your studies?*
- Have you ever needed to ask family members, friends, a lending institution, or anyone else to loan you money or otherwise bail you out of a desperate money situation that was largely caused by your gambling?*
Screening tools provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling.
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you should seek help.
These self-assessments will help you figure out if there may be a problem, but only a professional can diagnose if it is a gambling problem, a different problem, or both.
Our 211 responders can assist you in finding a professional who can help.
Rethinking how one of R.I.’s largest nonprofits can grow
The Boston Globe
In October, [Idrees "Lanre"] Ajakaiye was appointed the new chief development officer at... United Way of Rhode Island where he'll be in charge of helping... United Way achieve its current strategic plan, which outlines the nonprofit's investment of $100 million over five years to help achieve racial equity.
City Council gives final approval to $10M reparations budget
Providence Business News
A two-yearslong effort to bring racial reparations to Providence achieved a milestone Wednesday... The approved funding largely mirrors recommendations set forth by a city panel based on community input, but with one major change that shifts some money into a COVID-19 Equity Fund to be managed by United Way of Rhode Island.
How you can save money amidst Rhode Island Energy rate hike
With rates rising starting Oct. 1, Rhode Islanders have many ways to save money and energy this fall... [For] anyone... need[ing]... financial assistance... United Way of Rhode Island’s 211 service may help... 'We’re here to help the community navigate resources,' said Courtney Smith, director of... 211... The service is available online at 211 United Way of Rhode Island or over the phone.
As Rhode Islanders… prepare to participate in Giving Tuesday, the results of a new survey paint a stark picture of the challenges facing the state’s nonprofit sector. Local community-based organizations continue to provide services for communities still facing pandemic-level needs, while facing inflation-driven costs and inadequate staffing caused by the physical and emotional toll of the last two years.
Four community leaders have been appointed to the United Way of Rhode Island Board of Directors… Elected for three-year terms are David Bonenberger, president, Rhode Island Energy/PPL Corporation; Anthony Botelho, senior vice president, team leader, Washington Trust; Courtney Hawkins, health and human services industry executive, Salesforce; and Yahaira “Jay” Placencia, senior vice president, private client advisor, Bank of America.
Following a broad, competitive search for its chief development officer, United Way of Rhode Island has hired a community leader known to be an innovative changemaker. The organization has chosen Idrees “Lanre” Ajakaiye, who brings a deep, diverse range of experience to United Way’s work to transform the future by building racial equity and creating opportunities for all Rhode Islanders.
Join us for a 401Gives Open House on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Rhode Island College. Learn about Rhode Island's statewide day of giving and how your fabulous nonprofit can be a part of it.
Information sessions will be held at 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided.
This event is free and open to the public.
Together, we'll explore the challenges facing Rhode Island nonprofits. We'll also discuss opportunities to build capacity and support nonprofit work in 2023.
This event is free and open to the public.