Guide: Problem gambling prevention and resources
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Gambling is defined as the act of risking something of value on a game of chance for the desired result, according to New York state’s Office of Addiction Services and Supports.
If you, or anyone you know has a gambling problem there is help.
Below are some prevention tips and resources:
Talking to youth about the risks and consequences of engaging in underage gambling activities can make a difference in the choices they make.
Parents and caregivers, educators and community members can take steps to prevent youth gambling behaviors by talking early about the potential for gambling to be a problem.
Encourage youth to be involved in positive social activities such as clubs, sports, and other positive community outlets.
Avoid giving scratch off tickets as gifts and/or encouraging underage gambling.
Most adults can gamble responsibly. Having a plan before you gamble can help keep gambling fun and help you avoid consequences. Click here for some tips to consider.
If you notice warning signs of a gambling problem in your life, know that it is OK to ask for help:
The National Problem Gambling Helpline is available at 800-522-4700.
The Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling offers trained Helpline Specialists who connect callers to free, immediate support and treatment options in Connecticut.
More help here: www.ccpg.org
Gambling Problem Helpline in NJ: 1-800-GAMBLER.
800-Gambler has a gambling helpline for those struggling with a gambling addiction in NJ. For more help CLICK HERE.
NYS HOPEline at: 1-877-8-HOPENY or
The NY Council on Problem Gambling at: nyproblemgamblinghelp.org