Key facts about Problem Gambling
Gambling Addiction, also referred to as Problem Gambling or Gambling Disorder, is a Serious Health Issue.
Most people can enjoy gambling for recreation and entertainment, never experiencing serious gambling-related problems. However, for many, gambling can start to cause problems to varying degrees, including spending more time or money gambling than planned, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, including suicide.
Those suffering from gambling-related problems can develop a pattern of compulsively playing, or chasing after wins, even in the face of consequences caused by gambling. Problem gambling harms mental well-being; financial security; and relationships with friends, loved ones, and/or business associates. Those impacted personally by Gambling Disorder may develop a pattern of lying to themselves and others about how often they gamble and how much they win (and lose). They may tell themselves: “I’ll quit after the next big win.” It is possible to become physically and emotionally tied to gambling, even to the point of experiencing withdrawal when unable to gamble or trying to quit or cut back. Most often, those suffering from Gambling Disorder cannot quit without help, and specialized help and support is available to begin recovery for long-term success.
The Good News: Problem Gambling is treatable and preventable. Prevention of problem gambling begins with Awareness. Begin here to learn all you can about Problem Gambling and how to get help for yourself or a loved one.