It could be your co-worker, your brother, your mother, anyone. Those who suffer from a gambling addiction don’t have a distinct look and you wouldn’t know there was a problem until it’s too late.
The month of March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month and many in West Virginia are working to educate people about what to look for, how to treat the problem, and what options are available for the gamblers and their families.
Patty Deutsch, program director for the Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia, says those who suffer from the addiction don’t have a distinct look or feature that make them stand out in a crowd.“Gambling is the addiction with the highest suicide rate, because often people do not know that there is a gambler in the family until they get the turn off notices and the eviction notices,” she said. “It’s really a devastating disease in that regard.”
The Problem Gamblers Network will send anyone who is interested information and can refer them and their families to counselors to help combat the problem. Funding for the programs come directly from the gaming industry itself in West Virginia to provide these free services to you and your loved ones.
The Network is also hosting a free retreat in Kearneysville, WV June 10-21.
To get more information call 1-800-GAMBLER or visit the website www.1stchs.com.