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  • RI Gambling Treatment Program

  • About Our Mascot

  • Our mascot is a turtle.Why a turtle? We suggest that our clients do two things that turtles do: slow down and come out of their shell.

    • Slow down. Problem gamblers often act on impulse and do not consider the consequences of their actions when they are gambling. We ask the gambler to slow down. We suggest that they stop and think about what they are doing. We say: "Give yourself 15 minutes to think about what you are about to do."
    • Come out of your shell. What do we mean? Gamblers often isolate and keep secrets from others. Coming out of your shell means being willing to take some risks. Remember, turtles who stay in their shell do not go very far.