Gambling, just like many other addictions, can ruin and cost someone’s life. That is why the Month of March has been declared as, “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” for the past few years.
According to the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), problem gambling or gambling addiction, includes all gambling behavior patterns that “compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits.”
Some of the symptoms of this addcition include, an increase of preoccupation with gamling, a need to frequently bet more money, feeling unsease when attempting to stop, and loss of control.
NCPG states that, “in extreme cases, problem gambling can result in financial ruin, legal problems, career loss, family loss, or even suicide.”
Anyone can develop gambling problems, which is why it’s so important to gamble responsibly and be aware of the risks.
Around two million adults in the US are estimated to meet criteria for severe gambling problems in a given year; while another four to six million have been considered to have mild or moderate gambling problems, according to NCPG.
The New York State Problem Gambling Resource Centers (PGRCs) are programs funded by the of the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports. The goals of these resource centers, are to increase the public awareness of gambling problems, and to connect those affected by gambling with services to help them. You can give the local Central New York Resource Center a call at (315) 413-4676 or contact them by email at [email protected].