We speak frequently at KnowTheOdds about the need to raise awareness of gambling addiction. We know that there are millions of people who don’t realize it exists, and that’s why it’s called “the hidden addiction.” We know there are hundreds of thousands of people who need help to stop their gambling, and we know that there are many more family members and friends in need of support, as well.
Why do we work so hard at promoting this cause? Gambling addiction affects hundreds of thousands of people in New York State, but it’s not a well-known issue. Many people, worldwide, have never heard of problem gambling’s serious consequences or even learned of its existence.
This week, KnowTheOdds shares its latest e-book, “The Hidden Addiction.” Too often, we don’t see the consequences of problem gambling immediately. For many individuals, they do not know someone in their own household is struggling to quit gambling – they may not know their family member is gambling at all. As gambling can be done quietly and in solitary environments, gambling is hidden from our sight frequently.
Find information in our new e-book about how problem gambling affects various populations such as women, children, seniors and members of our military, without our knowledge.
Did you know women gamble to escape? Do you know what they’re escaping?
Do you tell your children about the dangers of alcohol, drugs and sex, but forget to talk about gambling?
Have you ever considered what members of the senior population might be doing with their retirement money at the local casino for recreational activity?
Did you know the consequences of problem gambling can even seriously affect members of the military – including both active members and veterans?
Learn more about the consequences of this hidden addiction, and find out how you can help raise awareness about problem gambling so that people you know can remain addiction-free.
Whether we can raise awareness within our own households, community meetings or on national stages, we must each work to:
- Teach people about preventative measures so they do not become addicted to gambling and suffer serious consequences
- Raise awareness about the risks and warning signs of problem gambling so people can identify problems in their families and communities
- Aid problem gamblers who need treatment and support in finding the counseling that will help them begin a long-term recovery process
- Address the need for more government and private funding of problem gambling prevention programs and treatment for those in need
If at any time while reading you decide you need help immediately, contact the NYS HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY. There are professionals on-call 24 hours per day, 7 days per week to assist you.
Miss our earlier e-books? Get introduced to gambling addiction in “Understanding Problem Gambling.” Then, learn how to keep your recovery on-track with “Staying Safe After Problem Gambling.” Finally, read the stories of real people who have managed to quit gambling and repair their lives in “The Faces of Problem Gambling.”