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Bringing awareness to problem gambling

March 5, 2013
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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The National Council on Problem Gambling has set this week (March 3-9, 2013) as National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.  The theme this year is “Problem Gambling: A New Understanding of a Community Concern.”  The organization says the goal of the campaign is to “educate the general public, and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally.”

 On the group’s website, resources for problem gambling treatment can be found including:

·       Information about high school students and gambling

·       Information about college students and problem gambling

·       Information about older adults and problem gambling

·       Benefits to stopping gambling

·       Screening tools available

Below are some of the podcasts, blogs, and articles featured on Addiction Professional that also provide insight and advice for this process addiction.

Gambling: the wins, the losses and the treatment to addiction Read an article about a panel discussion amongst experts in the field of gambling addiction from around the country.

PODCAST: Gambling addiction panel discussion (1 of 3) Listen to experts in the addiction field discuss their thoughts on the recent changes with gambling addiction in the DSM-5

PODCAST: Gambling addiction panel discussion (2 of 3) Listen to experts in the addiction field discuss their thoughts on gambling addiction in regards to the screening and assessment process, and individual versus group therapy.

PODCAST: Gambling addiction panel discussion (3 of 3) Listen to experts in the field of addiction from around the country discuss various topics related to gambling addiction, such as providing a financial counselor, keeping the patient busy, and specific subpopulations that are vulnerable to this addiction.

Bringing gambling problems to light In this article, Marketing and Admissions Manager at the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery stresses the importance of screening every client for gambling addiction.

Comorbidities of problem gambling In this blog post, I discuss the fact that although gambling addiction serves as a large issue on its own, many times it’s not the only problem the client is facing.

Is your organization doing anything special this week to bring awareness to problem gambling?

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