March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, there are as many as 6 – 8 million Americans experiencing problem gambling, which impacts their relationships, work lives, or finances. While many adults who gamble are able to do so responsibly, it’s important to recognize the warning signs of problem gambling, including the feeling of losing control of gambling behaviors, feeling a need to gamble more often or to wager more money, and even thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know are experiencing these symptoms, there is help available.
KYC provides free screenings to help identify problem gambling and can provide connections to personalized supports that address the specific concerns an individual is experiencing. To be connected with this free service, call our team at 847−524−8800. We also offer both non-clinical and clinical supports for people facing a myriad of addictive behaviors or substance use concerns. Additionally, anyone in the state of Illinois can access support 24⁄7 by calling 1 – 800-GAMBLER, texting ILGAMB to 53342, or visiting WeKnowTheFeeling.org, where you can complete an online screening to help you better understand if you should seek support. These resources are offered by the Illinois Department of Human Services, and connect folks with trained specialists who can help them find local resources.
Just as with any health concern, problem gambling concerns can have better outcomes when addressed early, and can affect people of all ages, socioeconomic statuses, and identities. In the spirit of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, please watch out for yourself and for one another. Share resources, help spread awareness about problem gambling, and care for each other. If you or someone you know could use some help in caring for a problem gambling concern, we’re here for you.
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