What is a Gambling Court?

What is a Gambling Court?

Gambling Courts operate under the same protocols and guidelines utilized within the Drug Court model, with individuals who are suffering from a
pathological or compulsive gambling disorder and as a result face criminal charges. Participants enroll in a contractbased, judicially supervised gambling recovery program and are exposed to an array of services including Gamblers Anonymous (GA), extensive psychotherapeutic intervention, debt counseling, group and one-on-one counseling and, if necessary, due to the high rates of co-morbidity, drug or alcohol treatment. Participation by family members or domestic partners is encouraged through direct participation in counseling with offenders and the availability of support programs such as GAM-ANON. Participants are subject to the same reporting and court response components as Drug Court participants (Huddleston, et al., 2005).