Scratch-Offs: NOT Appropriate Gifts for Youth! Posted On

The holiday season is in full swing.  You can hear it in nostalgic holiday music, you can see it in neighborhoods decorated in lights, and you can feel it when you visit stores flooded with shoppers eager to get their holiday shopping done.  Shoppers are looking for great gifts, and tokens of appreciation as stocking stuffers.  For many, scratch-offs may be a common gift, but scratch-offs are not appropriate gifts for… Read more »

Senior Citizens and Problem Gambling Posted On

Senior citizens are at an increased risk to struggle with problem gambling. We need to educate ourselves and our community to better serve our seniors by having a stronger understanding of reasons seniors gamble, escape gambling, warning signs, and tips for helping those in need. Reasons Seniors Gamble Seniors gamble for two reasons: recreation and… Read more »

Helping Women Recover from Problem Gambling Posted On

Women and Problem Gambling  Problem gambling can be defined as anytime someone’s gambling causes problems in their life.  There are a number of special populations with problem gambling due to specific risk factors that put them at a greater risk.  Women are one of these special populations because they tend to gamble to escape as a means to cope with their stress.    Women who gamble… Read more »

Talking With A Parent About Their Gambling  Posted On

Talking with family and friends about gambling problems they may be having is difficult, but starting a conversation with a parent can be especially difficult.  When talking to someone your own age, you need to speak with respect, start with questions, and reinforce how much you care about them.  When talking to a parent, you need to work with the… Read more »

Do I Need Help Because Of My Gambling? Posted On

There have been great efforts to reduce the stigma for getting help with problem gambling.  That’s because people deserve the opportunity to improve their lives by receiving the proper help for their gambling problem.  Every day people, who were haunted by their gambling, are getting the help they need to live happier, more fulfilling lives.     Do I need help because of my gambling?  If you’re asking yourself… Read more »

What is Problem Gambling? Posted On

Gambling  Gambling is the act of risking something of value on a game of chance for a desired outcome.  Many people gamble and don’t struggle with problem gambling, but those who do struggle cause a significant amount of emotional and financial problems to their loved ones and themselves.    Gambling opportunities are everywhere  At one point in history, you needed to travel to… Read more »