Gambling in today’s society is everywhere we look. It is accessible any time, and usually any place. Gambling is effecting people of all ages.
Gambling is when someone takes a risk with something of value (usually money) on an event or activity in which the outcome is uncertain. The primary intent of gambling is to win additional money and/or items.
Gambling problems almost always start with smaller risks, like fantasy football or a poker game online. No matter how small the risk, it’s still a risk, and it’s still gambling.
Gambling disorders may become present when someone is unable to resist the urge or impulse to gamble. This usually leads to severe personal, social and financial consequences. If you or someone you know have any of these symptoms, you should seek help.
Don’t be afraid to admit you have a problem. You can get help at one of the following resources:
Gamblers Anonymous (12 step-help group)
Gam-Anon, International Service Office (A 12-step self-help group for family members of problem gamblers)
National Council on Problem Gambling
Or by calling 1-800-BETS-OFF or visiting their website