HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 20Issue 8The National Council on Problem Gambling Promotes March as National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

This week, the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) started its four-week campaign for National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. 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 of local and national assistance programs. Previously, the program ran for only one week and coincided with the NCAA’s March Madness basketball tournament. The campaign now takes place during the entire month of March.

The month of March has also been marked by an official Proclamation by Governor Rick Snyder, which states “during this month, we join with the Michigan Department of Community Health Office of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care to encourage Michigan residents to participate in this awareness month by sharing treatment information about this issue and supporting those who are in treatment and recovery.”

According to the NCPG, it is estimated that 2-3% of the United States population will have a gambling problem in any given year. The organization has suggested that healthcare providers, gaming industry representatives, and public organizations promote awareness of the issue through educational campaigns. This year’s event, titled “Navigate Problem Gambling,” marks the twelfth annual campaign on the issue, but the first annual month-long campaign.

“Gambling becomes a serious problem when you can’t stop,” states Keith Whyte, Executive Director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. “A problem gambler loses control and cannot stick to limits, even when gambling is causing serious financial, family, work or other problems.”

The NCPG’s gambling awareness month provides weekly themes and questions for individuals and organizations to use in their communities. These materials are available free of charge at www.ncpgambling.org.

In addition, the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network will be hosting a four-part webinar series exploring diagnostic and treatment issues in problem gambling. The first webinar of the series will begin with a 90-minute program to be held on March 20 at 2 p.m. EST that will offer an overview of problem gambling issues with a focus on the impact of the new DSM-5 criteria. For more information regarding this webinar series, please visit: http://www.npgam.org/.

The NCPG is a national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. For more information about the NCPG, National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and associated materials, please visit www.ncpgambling.org.

 

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