Gambling addiction traps people in a desperate cycle of addiction
with devastating results. Though hidden, gambling addiction is real.
Gambling Disorder has the highest suicide rate of any addiction.
I didn’t know where to turn. I felt so embarrassed, ashamed and miserable, that I thought of going out and shooting myself.
-Retired veteran and civil servant in recovery from gambling addiction
Studies show that 1/3 of people receiving homeless services met criteria for problem gambling.
Well, I lost one house and the better part of $127,000 that I got for the house I’m living in now. I’m being forced to sell it.
-a 78 year old widow with a gambling problem
Whether you know it or not, problem gambling affects your community. Depending on where you live, the effects can be disastrous.
Gambling is spreading at an alarming rate.
People who live within 10 miles of a casino are 90% more likely to be problem gamblers.
Unfortunately, gambling doesn’t only happen in casinos. It happens in convenience stores, on computers, on phones and even on playgrounds.
There’s good news! With help, anyone can recover from gambling problems.
Pathological gambling disproportionately affects the poor, veterans, seniors and the mentally ill are more prone. Gambling problems silently destroy lives without regard for race or class.