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.
Simply put, problem gambling is when gambling causes problems in your life. There are no outward signs to “test for” this addiction, so it can easily be kept secret. This is why problem gambling has been nicknamed "the hidden addiction." However, there are some warning signs to consider:
- Gambling to escape or avoid worries, frustration or disappointments.
- Neglecting other responsibilities to concentrate on gambling activities.
- Increasing the amount of money bet in an effort to win back losses.
- Gambling with money needed for necessary expenses, such as groceries or medication.
- Relying on others to get out of debt.
- Feeling desperate, depressed, or even suicidal because of gambling.
Problem gambling can affect anyone at any point in their lives and can impact friends and families of those struggling. It can lead to damaged relationships with loved ones, difficulty at work, and financial problems.
The big deal with gambling is that it can lead to big problems.
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM), and the Mid-Hudson Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) wants to share that we have started regional efforts to increase awareness of problem gambling and to connect those adversely affected by problem gambling to the care they need.
A free e-screening tool has been developed and can help people decide if they are ready to reach out for support for problems related to someone’s gambling. This screening tool is completely anonymous, and does not track any individual’s answers or ask any personal or identifying information.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing problems due to gambling, call or text the Mid- Hudson PGRC at (914) 215-6440, email us at Mid-HudsonPGRC@NYProblemGambling.org, or visit our website NYProblemGamblingHELP.org. We are here to help!