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Problem Gambling

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, “2 million U.S. adults (1%) are estimated to meet the criteria for severe gambling problems.

The American Psychiatric Association indicated that, “Gambling is a common, legal form of entertainment and recreation that is enjoyed by millions of people every day. The vast majority of people who gamble are able to do so without any long-lasting problems or harm. But, like alcohol, tobacco, or drugs of abuse, gambling can become an addiction.”

According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, “2 million U.S. adults (1%) are estimated to meet the criteria for severe gambling problems in a given year. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered to have mild or moderate gambling problems; that is, they do not meet the full diagnostic criteria for gambling addiction but meet one or more of the criteria and are experiencing problems due to their gambling behavior”.

There are many different warning signs that gambling is becoming a problem. The most common symptoms are lying about gambling, not stopping or controlling gambling, spending excessive amounts of time gambling, and being preoccupied by gambling. Those who struggle with disordered gambling are at high risk for many challenges including suicidal ideations, employment and financial issues, and interpersonal and family challenges.

Any gambling behavior that creates harm, distress, and negative life problems could signify a gambling disorder. For example, two simple questions to ask are: “Have you ever had to lie to people important to you about how much you gambled?” and “Have you ever felt the need to bet more and more money?” A yes answer to either question suggests that there may be a gambling problem.

To learn more about Problem Gambling visit https://www.ncpgambling.org/

To find out more on ways to connect to treatment:

Call 1-800-GAMBLER
Chat 1800gamblerchat.org
Text 800GAM

For community health service providers and those interested in learning more, consider attending the Wabash Valley Disordered Gambling Symposium event that will be held virtually on November 30th from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. See the QR Code and Registration Link on the attached flyer.