Addiction Recovery Posted On

Did you know that gambling can become an addiction, just like alcohol and drugs?  People in recovery can be unaware of this and may simply transfer their addiction from one activity to another (i.e. drinking to gambling).  Gambling addiction and alcohol addiction hijack the same reward systems in the brain.  This is why the DSM-5… Read more »

Problem Gambling in Alcohol Awareness Month Posted On

April is Alcohol Awareness Month.  Alcohol awareness month is a great time to help those struggling with problem gambling.  73% of surveyed problem gamblers reported an alcohol use disorder.  Data clearly shows that there is a connection between alcohol abuse and problem gambling. Warning Signs: According to the DSM-V, there are similar warning signs for… Read more »

Senior Citizens and Problem Gambling Posted On

It’s the final week of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which is a time we hope you’ve spent helping raise awareness of problem gambling by having simple conversations with family, friends, and anyone else you feel comfortable speaking with.  The fifth and final week will be focused on raising awareness of problem gambling for senior citizens…. Read more »

Underage Gambling and School Posted On

Underage gambling can have negative effects on youth and their peers, and there are many things that school personnel can do to decrease the prevalence of underage gambling. Who does underage gambling affect? Studies have shown that underage gambling can have damaging effects on youth who gamble, and on those around them.  Youth who gamble… Read more »

Parents: Talk to Teens about underage gambling! Posted On

There are so many things that parents tell teens to be aware of, from crossing the street safely, to avoiding addictive behaviors.  For the third week in Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the focus is  on parents talking with their youth about the risks of underage gambling. The teenage years are a time of great change… Read more »

Tips for Teens Posted On

Whether you like it or not, part of being a teenager is feeling the need to look cool and fit in.  Most teens may not know that nearly 90% of youth age 14-21 do not gamble on a regular basis (Welte, 2007).  There’s good reason for not participating in underage gambling, and that is because… Read more »