A number of different terms have been applied to problem gambling, including “abuse” and “addiction.” Problem gambling is behavior that damages relationships, runs up large debts, and may lead to criminal activity.
People with gambling problems are found in every demographic group. Behaviors that signal problem gambling include a preoccupation with gambling, a need to gamble with increasing amounts of money, and trying to make up losses by additional gambling.
The 2013 National Survey of Problem Gambling was prepared by Problem Gambling Solutions, Inc. to report multi-purpose data to be used in the efforts of assessing the nature and extent of problem gambling treatment and prevention. According to the survey, in 2012, an estimated 2.2% of Montana adults (17,226 citizens) were believed to manifest a gambling disorder. Of that 2.2%, the Montana Council on Problem Gambling reported 1,243 gamblers and 142 significant others received outpatient treatment.
To find help, call the Montana Council on Problem Gambling toll free at (888) 552-9076, or call their 24 hour helpline at (888) 900- 9979. Contact Gambler’s Anonymous at their Billings hotline: (406) 860-8287 or their Helena hotline: (406) 431-1663. See below for additional resources.