Problem Gambling Issues

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The Issue of Problem Gambling

“Problem gambling, also known as gambling addiction or compulsive gambling, is defined as the urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop” (Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance 2015). Karen Frazier states, nearly 3 percent or 6 million adults and 500,000 teens meet the criteria for problem gambling (Frazier, 2015). Legalized Gambling has many positive aspects, and it should be noted that though a large number of citizens are considered “problem gamblers,” the majority of the population gambles causally and in moderation. Gambling addiction is a unique addiction that can sneak up on just about anyone. Just about everyone has the urge to gamble or make a wager on something they …show more content…

There are many different outlets for problem gamblers to explore. Casinos usually require some sort of sensitivity training that aids in employees helping guests on their property with addictions to gamming. Every sate has a webpage dedicated to helping those with their gambling problems. is the best website for Mississippians to seek help. The very first thing that pops up on their webpage is their toll free number and the line “Winners know when to quit. The MCPCG understands the importance of human connection, and provides a link on their home page to become a certified problem gaming counselor. Addictions are often brought upon by stress and hard times. In order for a problem gambler to truly overcome their addiction, they must surround themselves with things to do that will not allow stress to build up and trigger impulses. Dr Jeanne Segal wrote Gambling Addiction and Problem Gambling and states “There are healthier and far less expensive ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These include exercising, meditating, spending time with friends, taking up new hobbies, or exploring relaxation techniques.” Basically, they key is to get back in to the normal routine of a human being. Anything that will take time and aide in development and distraction will help problem gamblers overcome their addiction. Each gambling problem is different and should be treated as such. There are various Gamblers Anonymous programs as well as Cognitive-behavioral therapy programs that are tailored to help those with addictions to gambling, and each is effective in their own way

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