News for Immediate Release
Feb. 28, 2014
Pennsylvania Observes Problem Gambling Awareness Month
– The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) recognizes March as
National Problem Gambling Awareness month. The goal is to educate the public
and health care providers about problem gambling warning signs and where to
turn for help.
Pennsylvania, gambling addiction affects approximately 319,000 individuals of
all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds and in all communities.
most individuals, gambling is harmless, but for those with a gambling
addiction, it is a behavioral disorder that disrupts and individual’s life and
the lives of the people around them,” said Secretary of Drug and Alcohol
Programs Gary Tennis. “We encourage Pennsylvanians to know the risks
associated with gambling and that treatment is available to those with gambling
warning signs of a gambling addiction include:
- Denying there is a problem;
- Lying about where the money is
- Borrowing money to gamble or
pay off debts;
- Missing work to gamble;
- Losing touch with friends;
- Looking for the
"high" that comes from gambling.
individuals with problem gambling answer yes to one of the following two
- Have you ever had to lie to
people important to you about how much you gambled?
- Have you ever felt the need to
bet more and more money?
intervention, problem gambling can progress to financial hardships,
relationship problems, criminal activity and job loss,” said Tennis. “Treatment
is available and treatment with clinical integrity works.”
has approved 85 problem gambling treatment providers across the state that
offer counseling services to those in need. No-cost training and case
consultation is also provided to clinicians seeking to enhance their skills in
the treatment of problem gambling.
Pennsylvania Gambling Helpline in fiscal year 2013, received approximately
16,000 calls that included: problem gambling intake for slots, other casino
games, card games, lottery, horse racing, video poker, sports betting and internet
gambling. Callers included men and women of all age groups from teens
through seniors. Similar to prior years, individuals most frequently reported
why they called the help line as being: financial, family/marital and mental
March, DDAP together with the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania,
Inc., the Pennsylvania Lottery, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board,
University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and Western Psychiatric
Institute and Clinic as sponsors, will hold two conferences dealing with
problem gambling during March.
first conference, “A New Look: Innovative Approaches to Prevention, Treatment
and Other Resources,” will be held March 11 in Trevose, Bucks County. The
second conference, “Explorations: New Ways of Addressing Gambling Disorder,” is
slated for March 14 in Pittsburgh. For more information on these events, visit
the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc. online at www.pacouncil.com.
a booth to raise awareness of problem gambling and available resources will be
in the following locations on the following dates:
- March 5 and 6; 11 a.m. to 2
p.m. - Strawberry Square Atrium, Harrisburg
- March 19 and 20; 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. – Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg
seek help or for more information about Problem Gambling, visit www.paproblemgambling.com or call
Carey Miller (DDAP), 717-547-3314