Life Events May Spark Problem Gambling Behavior [Research]

Life events, like retirement and job loss, may increase problem gambling behavior, according to a recent gambling study.

The researchers conducted three phone interviews, each one year apart, with 250 Canadian adults. During the calls, researchers asked participants about life events that had occurred in the previous 12 months.

The results suggest that these factors increase Problem Gambling Severity Index  (PGSI) scores. Retirement was the strongest predictor of a rise in problematic gambling behavior. This was followed by job loss and having difficulties with a boss.

It’s worth noting that none of the life events predicted a decrease in PGSI scores.

How might these findings help professionals prevent & treat gambling addiction?

As noted in the review of this study by Worldwide Addiction Gambling Education Report (WAGER), the results suggest that counselors, healthcare professionals, and others can be on the alert for changes in patients experiencing life events.

The research also suggests that the trigger event doesn’t necessarily need to appear negative or significant. For example, many people view retirement, the primary trigger in this study, as a positive life transition. Consider also that having trouble with a boss may not, on the surface, seem like a problem so significant that it can increase addictive behavior.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Problem gambling is a serious condition that often flies under the radar. Unlike the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, it rarely manifests itself in apparent physical symptoms.

If you’re a counselor, educator, or health professional, Problem Gambling Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn more about this diagnosable–and treatable–condition so you can better help the people you serve. Check out these resources:

Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2017-Stats and Facts

Some Gamblers Self-Medicate with Mobile/Computer Casino Games [Research]

Parkinson’s Meds Linked to Higher Risk of Problem Gambling [Research]

Men Who Gamble More Prone to Violent Behavior [Research]

Problem Gambling Resources for Health Care Professionals

If you’d like additional information on gambling addiction prevention and treatment resources in Lancaster County, PA and Lebanon County, PA, contact Compass Mark at 717-299-2831.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month 2017- Stats and Facts

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.

Gambling addiction is a serious condition with roots in the brain. Biologically, it has much in common with addictions to alcohol and other drugs. Anyone can struggle with it, no matter their gender, age, financial status, or ethnic background. As many as 6 million Americans live with the symptoms–and millions more are left to cope as they watch the condition destroy someone they love.

To learn how gambling addiction has an impact on so many lives, check out Real Stories of Recovery and Awareness from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG).

The NCPG also shared this gambling infographic with statistics and other information about gambling in America.

Compass Mark helps individuals, families, educators, therapists, and other concerned professionals find the resources to deal with compulsive gambling. For prevention and education resources, treatment referrals, and intervention information in Lancaster County or Lebanon County, contact our team at 717-299-2831 or use our online Gambling Help form. Our guidance is confidential and judgment free.


Problem Gambling in America- Statistics [Infographic]

Did you know that 20% of problem gamblers attempt or commit suicide?

Or that 75% of compulsive gamblers have abused alcohol?


As part of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the National Council on Problem Gambling shared an infographic with statistics about problem gambling and its impact:

Problem Gambling in America- Statistics [Infographic]

PA Problem Gambling Help Resources

Compass Mark guides Lancaster- and Lebanon-area individuals, families, businesses, and health care professionals to Pennsylvania resources for addiction prevention, education, and treatment. Call 717-299-2831 or fill out the easy online help form.

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month- What You Need to Know

When March roars in, the only gambling most people think of is the March Madness variety. Yet this month is also Problem Gambling Awareness Month, an initiative to educate the public about the dangers of compulsive gambling.

What is Gambling Addiction?

It’s a real brain condition in which a person cannot control their urge to gamble. Gambling addiction is not about having a lack of willpower; it’s about experiencing brain changes that make it hard for the addicted gambler to make reasonable decisions about when to stop betting. The condition affects emotional, financial, and even physical well-being.

Yet many addicted gamblers don’t seek help, even though the condition is treatable. Between 6 and 9 million Americans meet the criteria for problem gambling, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Many suffer in silence, which can lead to an increased risk of depression, substance abuse, and suicide.

Problem Gambling Treatment in PA

The Pennsylvania Problem Gambling Helpline (1-877-565-2112) fielded more than 17,000 calls in 2014. Additionally, more than 8,000 people have placed themselves on the PA Self-Exclusion List.

The state’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has approved more than 100 problem gambling treatment providers in Pennsylvania. If you’re in Lancaster, Lebanon, or the surrounding areas, visit Treatment Providers for a list of area professionals trained to treat gambling addiction.

Problem Gambling Help Resources Compulsive Gambling Resources (includes Spanish language articles)

PA Gaming Control Board Compulsive & Problem Gambling Resources

Gamblers Anonymous Meeting Locator

Gam-Anon Meeting Locator

If you’re in the Harrisburg, PA area, you can also find problem gambling resources at an awareness booth at these locations and dates:

  • March 6, 13, & 20; 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Strawberry Square Atrium, Harrisburg
  • March 5, 10, 19, & 20; 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg

From youth education programs to addiction treatment referrals, Compass Mark serves individuals, families, schools, employers, and health care professionals in Lancaster, PA and Lebanon, PA. To learn how we’ll help you, call our team at 717-299-2831 or use this online problem gambling help form.