What’s the big deal with gambling?
Gambling means to risk something of value on a game of chance in the hopes of a positive outcome. Many people gamble and do not have a problem. However, it can lead to problems, which is known as problem gambling.Read full story
What's the big deal with sports betting?
Football player on field, text: What's the big deal with sports betting?Mid-Hudson PGRC. Mobile Sports Betting was legalized in New York State last year, and the regulators have been approved to launch as early as this weekend, Saturday January 8, 2022. Access and availability to gambling outlets continue to increase across New York State. For many, gambling is a form of entertainment and causes little to no harm. But there is another side to gambling that often is not discussed.Read full story
Avoiding gambling triggers during the holiday season
Text: Avoiding gambling triggers during the holiday seasonMid-Hudson PGRC. The holiday season is upon us, and for many, it is filled with celebrations and joy. This past year has been a journey for us all, and the holidays are a time most try to be together. But as we know, this year may look a little different. As we all work to adjust to this new normal and find ways to celebrate together (even for those of us who will be apart), I want to start a conversation about those working to avoid triggers during this holiday season. For someone recovering from problem gambling or a gambling addiction, the holiday season can be filled with many opportunities to gamble with people around them and online, which may threaten their gambling addiction recovery. A few examples of this include:Read full story
A hidden addiction among veterans and active-duty members
background image American Flags and tags, text: Problem Gambling and VeteransMHPGRC. November, particularly the 11th, is dedicated to commemorating the men and women who have served in the U.S. Military. As a country, we strive to honor and protect these individuals after returning to civilian life. While there are many mental health and addiction resources available throughout the nation, one issue usually remains hidden. Problem gambling, or any time gambling causes financial, vocational, mental, or interpersonal problems in one’s life, is an issue that affects roughly 2 million Americans (NCPG). However, Veterans have elevated rates of problem gambling—at least twice the rate as the general adult population, (Westermeyer et al. 2013). Additionally, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) estimates that as many as 56,000 active-duty members of the Armed Forces meet the criteria for Gambling Disorder.Read full story