Gambling in today’s society is everywhere we look. It is accessible any time, and usually any place. Gambling is affecting people of all ages.
Gambling is when someone takes a risk with something of value (usually money) on an event or activity in which the outcome is uncertain. The primary intent of gambling is to win additional money and/or items.
Gambling problems almost always start with smaller risks, like fantasy football, scratch off lottery tickets, or a poker game online. No matter how small the risk, it’s still a risk, and it’s still gambling.
Gambling disorders may become present when someone is unable to resist the urge or impulse to gamble. This usually leads to severe personal, social and financial consequences. If you or someone you know have any of these symptoms, you should seek help.
For help or more information, please visit one of the following resources:
Community Guidance Center: 1-888-686-1991
Gamblers Anonymous (12 step-help group)
Gam-Anon, International Service Office (A 12-step self-help group for family members of problem gamblers)
National Council on Problem Gambling
Or by calling 1-800-BETS-OFF or visiting their website
The Clearfield-Jefferson Drug and Alcohol Commission has several prevention programs, for both youth and adults, that address the signs, symptoms, and dangers of problem gambling. Please visit the Prevention Programs Pages to view program descriptions or call CJDAC at 814-371-9002