This year’s National Problem Gambling Awareness Week is the 10th annual campaign to raise awareness about the warnings signs of problem gambling and where to go for help with this issue. This year’s theme "Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime." reflects the message that problem gambling does not discriminate.
"Problem gambling is truly an equal opportunity issue in this country," says Helen Jones-Kelley, Executive Director of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board for Montgomery County (ADAMHS). "Millions of Americans are suffering from this compulsive behavior and are creating a negative impact on many others. They need to know that they can take advantage of our services for help."
Here are a few questions that you can ask yourself or a loved one you may suspect has fallen victim to this addiction*:
Have thoughts of gambling caused you to lose sleep?
Have you used income or savings to gamble while neglecting unpaid bills?
Have you broken or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling?
Have you felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses?
If you or someone you know answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to consider contacting a professional for help with this gambling behavior. For questions or assistance, you can call ADAMHS at 443-0416 or visit their website at www.mcadamhs.org.
For more information on National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, visitwww.npgaw.org.
*Source: National Council on Problem Gambling