Gambling is a popular form of recreation in Pennsylvania. You, your friends or co-workers may participate in an office pool, buy an occasional raffle ticket or spend a few dollars on lottery tickets. Most people who take part in these activities do not develop a gambling problem.
However, for some people, gambling is a problem. It may be the occasional case of getting carried away and overspending or it may be an ongoing problem with continual losses and mounting debts. At the extreme end is pathological gambling, where a person is unable to control their gambling.
The following 20 Questions are commonly asked to help individuals determine whether or not they have a gambling problem. A compulsive gambler will answer "yes" to at least seven of these questions:
1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
What can you do to help a problem gambler?
If you think a family member, friend or a colleague has a gambling problem, you may feel reluctant to say some- thing to the person involved.
It's usually awkward to bring up personal issues and money can be a particularly sensitive subject area for discussion.
As a concerned family member, friend or colleague, you can, however, simply share your observations and ask them to contact the following national and state organizations for assistance, if needed.
The hotline number listed to the right (1-800-Gambler or
National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) is the national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. The NCPG is neither for nor against legalized gambling. Their primary concern is to help problem gamblers and their families. The mission of the NCPG is to increase public awareness of problem gambling, ensure the availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families, and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
Major National Council on Problem Gambling programs include:
• Operation of a 24 hour confidential National Problem Gambling Helpline as a single national access point to local resources.
Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP)
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania (CCGP) is a nonprofit organization affiliated with the National Council on Problem Gambling. Its purpose is to educate and disseminate information on problem gambling and to facilitate referrals across the State of Pennsylvania.
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania provides speakers, workshops, seminars, and information on this public health problem to business, industry and labor groups, schools and colleges, health care and treatment facilities, and to community and religious organizations.
Additional information on problem gambling including the Self Exclusion Program can be found on the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board website. You may also check your local phone directory to find a support group close to you, your family member, friend or colleague.
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