Problem Gambling: What Health Care Pros, Counselors Need to Know, Plus CEU Opportunity

What do you know about problem gambling? It wouldn’t be surprising if the answer was Not much. This serious and progressive condition often flies under the radar. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which makes now the ideal time to learn more about this addiction and how it might affect your patients or clients. Get the basics below, and then discover more information at Compass Mark’s Start the Conversation: Fantasy Sports Gamble, on Wednesday, March 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (This session, held at the Blair Room, 630 Janet Avenue, Lancaster, is worth 2 CEU credits.)

Problem gambling is a public health issue.

The condition itself, which is classified in the DSM-5 as a behavioral addiction, affects 6-9 million Americans–about 2-3% of the population. Problem gamblers are at higher risk for other conditions as well, including clinical depression and substance abuse. However, as with other addictions, the impact spreads far beyond the addicted person’s own life. Compulsive gambling behavior breaks up marriages, fractures relationships with children, and affects work productivity.

Problem Gambling Resources for Health Care & Counseling Professionals

Compass Mark Referral Team Info
Problem Gambling Treatment in Lancaster, Lebanon, and the Surrounding Area
Gambling in Primary Care Patients: Why Should We Care and What Can We Do About It?
Center for Gaming Research
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)

Learn more in the NCPG’s gambling infographic below.

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