Problem Gambling Awareness Month – March 2019

MARCH 2019

Each March, the Center actively promotes Problem Gambling Awareness Month, a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign established by the National Council on Problem Gambling to educate the general public and healthcare professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help and resources available.

For Help SeekersFor Health Care Professionals

Be AWARE of the risks of gambling. 

For most, gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling can get out of control.  Signs of a gambling problem:

-Preoccupied with gambling (i.e., reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
-Secretive about his/her gambling habits, and defensive when confronted
-Increasing bet amounts when gambling in order to achieve the desired excitement (“high”)
-Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back, or stop gambling
-Restless or irritable when not gambling
-Gambling to escape problems
-Trying to win back losses by more gambling
-Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
-Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education or career opportunities because of gambling
-Relying on others to bail him or her out to relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling

Click here to try our Self-Evaluation tool to see if you may have a gambling problem.

Take ACTION for help and hope.

Call 1-800-GAMBLER today and have a conversation with a Peer Recovery Support Specialist who can help you or a loved one navigate resources and remove barriers on the road to recovery from gambling problems.

Peer Recovery Support Specialists can help individuals seeking to limit, control or stop their gambling, and connect them to treatment and other useful resources in their communities so they continue to work toward their goals in dealing with any gambling problems.  In collaboration with the Maryland Coalition of Families, Peers can also support families who are dealing issues due to problem gambling.

If gambling is causing problems for you or any one you know, call or text the Helpline 1-800-GAMBLER and ask to speak with a Peer today.

This March 2019, join the Center to promote AWARENESS within your organization and your community about the risks of gambling and the resources available for help and hope.

The Center has developed Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM) suggestions materials to help in all of your awareness activities, whether it be posters on bulletin boards, social media posts, or community events.

Click Here to view the March 2019 PGAM Guide

Take ACTION.

The March 2019 PGAM provides samples of posters for your bulletin boards; samples of social media posts; and can provide materials for your community events.

As a Provider, you can utilize the Center’s Problem Gambling Peer Recovery Support specialists to connect with existing peer support systems within your organization and your community to offer assistance for those identifies as a problem gambling.  Peer can also work directly with your clients to help navigate resources and remove barriers on the road to recovery from gambling problems.

For more information on the Center’s March 2019 PGAM activities and resources available to you, please contact us at 667-214-2120 or email Donna Gaspar, Communications Manager (dgaspar@som.umaryland.edu).

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