Problem Gambling Help Available
Compulsive gambling is a progressive behavior disorder characterized by a psychologically uncontrollable urge to gamble. It was first classified in 1980 as a "disorder of impulse control" by the American Psychiatric Association. Compulsive gambling is a diagnosable and treatable illness. The Michigan Lottery contributes $1 million each year to help fund education and treatment programs on compulsive gambling.
Signs of Problem Gambling:
- Increasing the frequency and the amount of money gambled
- Spending an excessive amount of time gambling at the expense of job or family time
- Being preoccupied with gambling or with obtaining money with which to gamble
- Gambling creates a special and intense pleasure, an aroused sense of being "in action"
- Continuing to gamble despite negative consequences such as large losses, or work or family problems caused by gambling
- Borrowing money to gamble, taking out secret loans, or maximizing credit card
- Bragging about wins but not talking about losses
- Frequent mood swings, higher when winning, lower when losing
- Gambling for longer periods of time or more money than originally planned
- Secretive behavior such as hiding betting slips or receipts; having mail, bills, etc., sent to work, a P.O. box or other address
More information is available by contacting the Michigan
Department of Community Health Problem Gambling website or National Council on Problem Gambling, Inc.
Compulsive gambling can be treated. If you, a family member, a co-worker or a friend need help or would like to learn more about problem gambling and the programs available, please call: The Michigan 24-Hour Help Line 1-800-270-7117
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