A gambling disorder is characterized by an increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, and/or continued gambling despite serious negative consequences.
If you are struggling with a gambling problem, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Problem gambling affects many people. Experienced professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you through your situation.
No matter who you are, if you have a gambling problem, there’s hope – and help.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING…
- An estimated three to five percent of Americans have a gambling problem. The State University of New York at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions
- Between six and eight million adults and approximately 500,000 teens meet the criteria for gambling addiction, which is approximately the same number who abuse prescription drugs. The National Council on Problem Gambling Report to United States House of Representatives
- The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that gambling-related addictions cost the U.S. nearly $7 billion a year in social costs (including gambling-related addiction, bankruptcy and crime). The National Council on Problem Gambling Report to United States House of Representatives
- A study in Southern California found that a high number of casino patrons suffer from, or at risk of developing, gambling disorders. More than 10 percent of casino patrons were classified as “problem gamblers.” An additional 29 percent of patrons were “at risk” and nearly 30 percent of patrons had a potential “gambling disorder.” Springer Journal of Gambling Studies
- Despite the fact that treatment works, nearly 90 percent of people diagnosed with a gambling disorder do not seek treatment. National Center for Responsible Gaming, Top 10 Research Studies Impacting Gambling Disorders