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Problem Gambling Awareness Month – Know The Odds

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This March we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of gambling addiction awareness. We are always working to raise awareness about what problem gambling is, but this month is set aside to educate and celebrate our progress in awareness, treatment, and recovery. I’m here.

Why Talk About Problem Gambling?

Gambling disorders affect men and women, young and old, of all backgrounds, ethnicities and lifestyles. People gamble for different reasons and gamble in different ways. Some people gamble for the thrill, others seek escape. Many people gamble socially, while others gamble in isolation. Gambling can affect so many people, so it’s important to talk about what kind of problem gambling is.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is when gambling causes problems in your life. These can range from financial issues, relationship issues, stress and health issues. Everyone is at risk of developing a gambling addiction. There is no discrimination based on age, gender, ethnicity or background. However, there may be some risk factors for developing a gambling addiction.

  • Easy access or proximity to gambling opportunities
  • Early success (“beginner’s luck”) distorts an individual’s understanding that winning is highly unlikely.
  • boredom or loneliness
  • Pre-existing mental health problems such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety
  • Desperate financial problems solved by ‘big wins’
  • Traumatic experiences or abusive upbringings in which gambling distractions serve as an escape route
  • Coexisting addictive behaviors, such as drug and alcohol abuse

What if you think gambling is affecting your life?

If gambling is starting to cause problems, it may be affecting your life.

  • Gambling to escape boredom, troubles and worries
  • Disturbed sleep and eating habits
  • Gambling that ignores arguments, disappointments, and frustration
  • Personality changes due to frequent gambling
  • self-destructive thoughts caused by gambling consequences

Overcoming a gambling addiction is not easy, but there are programs that can help. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers face gambling problems each year. We encourage you to take advantage of the many resources available to assist the Gambler and her family and friends in their recovery.

available resources

Please know that The Odds has many resources to educate yourself and your family about what a gambling problem is, where to get help, and how to stay safe during your recovery. .


Our eBook is written to help people like you learn more about disability gambling.By raising awareness of this addiction within our community, we can help prevent it Problem gambling for future generations and can help those in need more quickly Support now.


To learn more about problem gambling, we encourage you to take a look at our infographic. Its risks, warning signs, how to find help and seek recovery, and more.by educating You can help teach others and prevent addiction from affecting children and adults. your community.


Know The Odds has created and published a variety of videos online and as PSAs throughout New York. state. These videos help you learn more and educate about problem gambling. Inform family, friends, and community members about the risks involved intoxicated gambling.

where you need help

New York State has a Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC). The PGRC’s job is to help you connect to community care and find support as you are on the road to recovery.If you would like to connect, please click here NYProblemGamblingHELP.org Find your local PGRC.

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