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.


Warning Signs of Problem Gambling [Infographic]

How do you know if you or a loved one is struggling with problem gambling? The signs of compulsive gambling aren’t always crystal clear (which is why it’s sometimes called the hidden addiction), but there are red flags that suggest it’s time to seek out professional help.

Gambling addiction is a diagnosable condition that impacts every aspect of life—not just the bank account. The stress and strain of this addiction affects physical and emotional well-being. It’s been linked to substance abuse, clinical depression, and increased suicide risk.

Check out this warning signs infographic from Ohio for Responsible Gambling. (If you need to view it at a larger size, right click on the image and choose “open image in new tab.”) Then take the simple assessment quiz on our home page to find out if you or someone you know is at risk for compulsive gambling. If you need additional help, a counselor trained to work with gambling addiction can conduct a thorough assessment and, when necessary, develop a treatment plan that points you toward recovery.


Learn More
Support Your Compulsive Gambling Recovery: Do’s and Don’ts
Is a Loved One Addicted to Gambling? 5 Tips for Family, Friends
Gambling Addiction Treatment Options in the Lancaster/Lebanon Area

Get Help
For 50 years, Compass Mark has been helping individuals and families discover help and hope for addiction disorders. Don’t wait until “rock bottom” to seek help.  Call our team for confidential guidance at 717-299-2831 or use the Compulsive Gambling Help Form.


Problem Gambling Trends 2016 [Infographic]

Gone are the days when a gambler’s only access to betting was on a casino floor, at a race track, or in a private card game. Now, virtually anyone with internet access, including kids, can be exposed to gambling–and the potential for developing gambling addiction. Check out the infographic below on Problem Gambling Trends and Issues in 2016 from Prevention Lane at Lane County Public Health in Oregon.

Then let us know in the comments section: Were you surprised by any of the stats? If so, which one?

To learn if you or a loved one is at risk for problem gambling, take this simple quiz or visit Get Help in Lancaster, PA or Lebanon, PA.



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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