NJLAP helped create the Association of Professionals Treating Problem Gambling (APTPG), the only group supporting clinicians specializing in help for compulsive gamblers.
The mission statement of the group is:
We are mental health professionals joined to advance the most effective means to identify and to treat problem and pathological gambling while providing common voice for our colleagues.
Prior to the formation of APTPG, NJLAP recognized the critical need to address gambling issues amont attorneys. The first New Jersey Symposioum on Treatment of Compulsive Gambling was organizedby NJLAP staff and met at the Law Center on February 24, 1996.
The distinguised 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 workds of the Director of NJLAP as "...a review of the 'State of the Art' of gambling treatment.After that first meeting and several Symposia thereafter, the Association was invorporated on March 18, 1997. Eighteen professionals server as original charter members incuding two members of NJLAP staff.
APTPG 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.
NJLAP is here to assist any NJ attorney with gambling concerns. Compulsive gambling is a progressive behavioral disorder characterized by an uncontrollable preoccupation and need to gamble. It disrupts and devastates a gambler personally nad professionally. Families nad career may be ruined. Today we know that gambling problems are thoroughly treatable. NJLAP guides the gambler to effective help with essential follow-up support." If you are concerned about your gambling, call us at 800-246-5527.