National Problem Gambling Awareness Month all of March 2019 Long!
MARCH IS PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH!
PGAM is a grassroots campaign that depends on the participation of NCPG state Affiliate, organizational and individual members, state health agencies, gambling companies, recovery groups and a wide range of healthcare organizations and providers. 2019 is the 15th year for this event. Groups across America hold conferences, air Public Service Announcements, provide counselor training, host screening days, run social media campaigns and many other activities to increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services.
The 2019 PGAM theme is “Awareness + Action” #AwarenessPlusAction
The goals of this national campaign are:
To increase public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment & recovery services. To encourage healthcare providers to screen clients for problem gambling.
NCPG is the national advocate for the problem gambling field, advocating for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Our efforts to educate Congress and the Federal health agencies focus on prevention, education, treatment, enforcement, and research on gambling and problem gambling. We call on all NCPG members and supporters to utilize the materials below to increase awareness of and provide solutions for gambling problems.
HELP BY STATE
The National Council on Problem Gambling has developed this list as a starting point for those seeking help or information about gambling problems. Problem gambling is a rare but chronic mental disorder and is treatable. But without help, a gambling problem may get worse. The information compiled below by NCPG is intended to be a starting point for individuals to learn more about problem gambling — it is not a complete list of information or services. We encourage you to ask questions, gather information and conduct research on the type of help that is most appropriate for your situation.
Use the map to view problem gambling resources in each state. Please select a state by clicking on your state or visit our page for each state listed: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/help-by-state/
NATIONAL PROBLEM GAMBLING HELPLINE
The National Council on Problem Gambling operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700).
The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem. The network consists of 28 call centers which provide resources and referrals for all 50 states, Canada and the US Virgin Islands. Help is available 24/7 and is 100% confidential.
The National Problem Gambling Helpline Network also includes text and chat services. These features enable those who are gambling online or on their mobile phone to access help the same way they play. One call, text or chat will get you to problem gambling help anywhere in the U.S. 24/7/365.
Help is also available via an online peer support forum at www.gamtalk.org.
ADDITIONAL HELPLINE RESOURCES
- Helpline Committee: Learn more about the Helpline Committee that stands behind the operations of the National Problem Gambling Helpline and their goals to maintain an efficient Helpline.
NORC DIAGNOSTIC SCREEN FOR GAMBLING PROBLEMS-SELF ADMINISTERED (NODS-SA)
The NODS-SA is self-assessment version of the NODS (the NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Disorders). It was designed to assist individuals in evaluating whether to modify or seek help for their gambling behavior. The NODS is based on the APA’s DSM-IV criteria for pathological gambling.
PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING 10 YES/NO QUESTIONS HONESTLY:
- 1. Have there ever been periods lasting two weeks or longer when you spent a lot of time thinking about your gambling experiences, planning out future gambling ventures or bets, or thinking about ways of getting money to gamble with?*
- 2. Have there ever been periods when you needed to gamble with increasing amounts of money or with larger bets than before in order to get the same feeling of excitement?*
- 3. Have you ever felt restless or irritable when trying to stop, cut down, or control your gambling?*
- 4. Have you tried and not succeeded in stopping, cutting down, or controlling your gambling three or more times in your life?*
- 5. Have you ever gambled to escape from personal problems, or to relieve uncomfortable feelings such as guilt, anxiety, helplessness, or depression?*
- 6. Has there ever been a period when, if you lost money gambling one day, you would often return another day to get even?*
- 7. Have you lied to family members, friends, or others about how much you gamble, and/or about how much money you lost on gambling, on at least three occasions?*
- 8. Have you ever written a bad cheque or taken money that didn’t belong to you from family members, friends, or anyone else in order to pay for your gambling?*
- 9. Has your gambling ever caused serious or repeated problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends? Or, has your gambling ever caused you problems at work or your studies?*
- 10. Have you ever needed to ask family members, friends, a lending institution, or anyone else to loan you money or otherwise bail you out of a desperate money situation that was largely caused by your gambling?*
Need Help? Make the Call now and Gain Your Life Back – 1-800-522-4700
*REMINDER: this self-assessment will help you figure out if there is a problem, but only a professional can diagnose if it is a gambling problem, a different problem, or both.
If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, you should seek help.