March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
March Madness officially begins on March 15, 2020, with college basketball teams embarking on a four-week odyssey to the Final Four. Across the country, basketball fans and non-fans alike are joining betting pools and brushing up on "bracketology." It's no coincidence that March is also the National Council on Problem Gambling's Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Betting on sports teams is a harmless pastime for many, but not for people who have, or who are at risk for problem gambling disorder. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) introduced gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction in 2013.
And according to the NCPG:
- People with gambling problems often also have high rates of depression and increased rates of suicidal behavior.
- People with other addictions are at great risk for problems with gambling.
- Teen rates for problem gambling are higher than for adults.
- Youth who gamble are more than two times more likely to binge drink.
Learn More About Problem Gambling Disorder
- Dr. Jamey Lister of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University writes about gambling disorder in the March 2020 issue of the ATTC Messenger: Shedding Light on Gambling Disorder as an Addiction: A Guide for Practitioners
- Take the free, online, self-paced course available on HealtheKnowledge, the ATTC Network's online learning portal. The course features four 1-hour webinars presented by national experts on the topic. Take a brief quiz after each module to earn NAADAC CEUs!
Gambling Disorder Screening Day
Gambling Disorder Screen Day is Tuesday, March 10, 2020. Gambling problems often go undetected, and screening in primary care and behavioral health care settings can help get people to treatment. Click here for more information and resources from the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction, the Gambling Disorder Screening Day Toolkit.
Great Lakes Region Resources for Problem Gambling