You may be more likely to have a hard time dealing with all the changes that have happened to you since leaving your home country; uprooting from family, language differences, finding a job and place to live and not being around others who have experienced what you have. If you feel that this stress is becoming a large part of your life, or leading you to drink, abuse drugs or gamble, you may want to speak to a counselor.
There are many organizations in Iowa that can help you if you are in a crisis or feel that you are in danger. You may find a list and map of the various crisis centers around Iowa here: http://goo.gl/LatgE
Counselors work to help people with their personal problems. Counselors can sometimes be called “therapists,” which simply means that they have a degree in a certain area of psychology. If this is the case, they may charge you money for their counseling services. You may learn more about counseling, and where you can find counseling centers in your area here: http://www.allaboutcounseling.com/
It can be very hard to speak to someone who has a problem with drugs or alcohol. Many times it is good to ask an expert to get involved.
Rehabilitation (often drug rehab or just rehab) is a term for the processes of medical and/or psychotherapeutic treatment, for dependency on psychoactive substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and so-called street drugs such as cocaine, heroin or amphetamines. The general intent is to enable the patient to stop substance abuse, in order to avoid the psychological, legal, financial, social, and physical consequences that can be caused, especially by extreme abuse. You may search for a rehabilitation counselor here: http://www.allaboutcounseling.com/
The wagering of money or something of material value (stakes) on an event with an uncertain outcome with the primary intent of winning additional money and/or material goods. Typically, the outcome of the wager is evident within a short period. Each state has different laws regarding gambling, you may read about Iowa’s here: http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Laws/Iowa/. Everything is alright with gambling when you are winning and receiving money for your winnings. However, once people start to lose money, they tend to believe in “next time.” This means they think that if they gamble just one more time they might win, but as it turns out, many people have this mindset but tend to keep losing money, instead of gaining more. This leads people to start using money that they do not have, or borrow from other people, but are unable to pay them back. This can lead to numerous financial and social problems like losing your home or car, being put in physical danger if borrowing money from dangerous people, losing credit scores, etc. You may learn more about gambling addictions, and how to get help here: http://idph.iowa.gov/igtp