INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – Officials with the Hoosier Lottery say they are teaming up with the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling to raise awareness about disordered gambling during Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
The Hoosier Lottery is launching a responsible gaming campaign throughout March reminding players how to stay informed by understanding the odds of each game.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) reports that an estimated two million adults in the US meet the criteria for disordered gambling in a given year. Another four million to six million may be considered problem gamblers who do not meet full diagnostic criteria for disordered gambling.
The NCPG considers problem gambling to be all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family or vocational pursuits. Individuals in a state of problem gambling may have aggravating circumstances such as alcohol or substance abuse, financial issues or depression.
The Hoosier Lottery is hosting an addiction and recovery guest speaker at the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling annual Problem Gambling Training Event March 28-29, 2019.
Jim Barbar, a nationally certified gambling counselor, will speak to other gambling counselors attending this education event to further their training in disordered gambling treatment. He has provided over 3,000 hours of treatment assistance and conducted hundreds of intake assessments to assist individuals with gambling concerns. Barbar has testified for defendants in court favoring addiction treatment over incarceration and has spoken at national gambling treatment conferences.
On the importance of Problem Gambling Awareness Month, Jim Barbar noted, “Problem Gambling can affect anyone. It is unique in the sense that it is easily disguisable and extremely isolating. It is important that we shed light on this addiction so that people know there is hope in recovery.”
“Gambling addiction brings about shame and devastation to the gambler and their families. Many people think they can overcome the addiction without help, and we want people to understand that gambling addiction is not about willpower,” shared Chris Gray, executive director, Indiana Council on Problem Gambling. “It is important that we share our stories so that we can educate and lend support to those who need help.”
The Hoosier Lottery is certified at Level 4 in Responsible Gaming by the World Lottery Association and actively promotes responsible gaming and gambling literacy. The ICPG, which is a local affiliate of the national organization, is a neutral entity that strives to promote education and awareness about the availability of gambling treatment services in Indiana through a variety of efforts. Visit indianaproblemgambling.org for more information.
If you or someone you know is concerned about their gambling, the State of Indiana’s problem gambling helpline (1-800-994-8448) connects individuals to resources such as Gamblers’ Anonymous and licensed gambling treatment providers.
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