Compulsive Gambling

What is problem gambling?

For many people, gambling can be a harmless form of entertainment. But when gambling goes from a recreation to an obsession, it becomes a problem. Whether it’s buying lottery tickets, going to a casino or playing poker with friends, problem gambling can cause negative psychological, physical, social and vocational consequences. It affects people of all cultures, ethnicities, ages, genders and socioeconomic categories.

If not addressed, problem gambling can lead to pathological or compulsive gambling, which is a diagnosable mental health disorder. Compulsive gambling is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop gambling, “chasing” losses and an inability to stop gambling despite serious negative consequences.

Applications sought for Problem Gambling Advisory Committee

“Take Hope” Project

“Take Hope” has a simple purpose: gather the voices of those recovering from problem gambling in order to increase the understanding of a devastating addiction. In these interviews, real people share their stories of desperation and recovery in an effort to create greater awareness of this life-altering compulsion.

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