APTPG – ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONALS TREATING PROBLEM GAMBLING
NJLAP helped create the only group supporting clinicians specializing in help for compulsive gamblers. The mission statement of the Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling is as follows:
We are mental health professionals joined to advance the most effective means to identify and to treat problem and pathological gambling while providing a common voice for our colleagues.
Prior to the formation of APTPG, NJLAP recognized the critical need to address gambling issues among attorneys. The First New Jersey Symposium on Treatment of Compulsive Gambling was organized by NJLAP staff and met at the Law Center on February 24, 1996.
The distinguished invitees to this Symposium were some of the most skilled and experienced compulsive gambling treatment providers both in and out of state. The purpose of this gathering was expressed in the words of the Director of NJLAP as, “… a review of the ‘State of the Art’ of gambling treatment.”
Compulsive gambling is a progressive behavioral disorder characterized by an uncontrollable preoccupation and need to gamble. It disrupts and devastates a gambler personally and professionally. Families and careers may be ruined. Today we know that gambling problems are thoroughly treatable. NJLAP guides the gambler to effective help with essential follow-up support.
After that first meeting and several Symposia thereafter, the Association was incorporated on March 18, 1997. Eighteen professionals served as original charter members including two members of the NJLAP staff.
The Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling serves not only as a cutting edge treatment model for gambling and other addictions, but also as the first line of treatment referrals for attorneys with gambling problems.