Reno Problem Gambling Center in Reno, NV

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527 Humboldt Street
Reno NV 89509

Reno Problem Gambling Center Philosophy

The RPGC is an outpatient treatment center for gamblers and their families. We are experts in evaluating, intervening, treating and assisting individuals and families on the path to wellness from the trauma and effects of Gambling Disorder. Our expert counselors are nationally and state certified, and we advocate for the highest standard of care for clients as well as our training, supervision, and outreach with counselor interns and students. We are actively integrating in the Northern Nevada community with many caregivers and resources. We are non-profit and will assist clients and families with assessment and referral to all available needs for care and wellness.

Areas of Specialization

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    The focus of cognitive behavioral therapy (also called CBT) is helping people to understand the thoughts and emotions that underlie their addiction with the goal of learning new, healthier and more productive ways to understand and express themselves.

  • Process Abuse Treatment
    Not all addictions involve mood-altering chemicals. The term “process addiction” describes the unhealthy use of behaviors (including eating, gambling, sexual activity, shopping, internet use, etc.) that has spiraled out of control and into the realm of addiction.

Facility Highlights

Highest rated evidence-based therapeutic practices

95% clients recommend RPGC to others

Expert gambling-certified therapists

Meet the Staff

Denise F. Quirk, M.A.

CEO & Clinical Director, MFT, LCADC, NCGC-II, CPGC-S

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Denise F. Quirk has been an addictions counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Reno, Nevada since 1992. She began specializing in treating problem gamblers and their families in 1999. She is presently the CEO and Clinical Director of the Reno Problem Gambling Center, a non-profit outpatient treatment center for problem gambling clients and their families. Denise is the Chair of the Governor’s Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling and is a past member of the Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors for the State of Nevada. She wrote and teaches an online course called “Exploring Gambling Behaviors” for the University of Nevada, Reno.

George Howell, M.A.

Senior Counselor, LADC, CPGC

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George Howell is a Nevada licensed alcohol and drug counselor and certified problem gambling counselor. He has been practicing as a specialist in treating addictive and behavioral disorders since 1995, and has been the Senior Counselor, seeing a diverse population of adult clients in urgent need at the Reno Problem Gambling Center since it opened in 2006. Editorial Review

Review by Contributors


One of five service providers funded by the state of Nevada that offers problem gambling treatment services, Reno Problem Gambling Center (RPGC) is the largest gambling addiction recovery center in northern Nevada. The center is located in the heart of the gambling capitol, and the demand for treatment is so high that there is a waiting list of people seeking help. The intensive six-week treatment of CBT and Motivational Enhancement therapy is followed by one year of aftercare.


The client undergoes an assessment by a facility counselor as well as a self-assessment using a detailed online form that RPGC provides. Treatment, which primarily consists of group therapy, is provided on an intensive outpatient basis four days a week over a six-week period. Individual sessions are also available.

RPGC’s approach incorporates evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Its outcome data at the six-month post-treatment point show a reduction in gambling behavior and improved quality of life among clients. The aftercare program that follows successful completion of the intensive outpatient program involves weekly group session once a week for one year.

RPGC also offers interventions, couples counseling, and a family group therapy program, which includes two evenings a week of group therapy for any family member of a problem gambler. The center has plans to expand the family program.


There is currently no information provided on the facility's website or otherwise regarding its treatment staff.


Few reviews from alumni were available. One who was quoted by local KOLO TV praised the center’s emphasis on self-responsibility. He told the TV news: "The biggest thing that got me over the hurdle was 'We can hate the addiction, we don't hate the addict.'" And the Nevada Gambling Project, under the direction of the University of Nevada, interviewed over 400 participants from six gambling treatment centers, including RPGC. The project found that 80% of participating alumni provided very positive feedback on access to services, treatment quality, and effectiveness, and reported that the changes in their behavioral were “dramatic.”


RPGC is a nonprofit that pledges to help clients from northern Nevada regardless of their ability to pay.

Published August 2015

Published on January 2016

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