The 1999 National Gambling Impact Study Commission Final Report found that, of the 125 million adult Americans who gamble, 7.5 million were problem or pathological gamblers. 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.
To Get Help
If you or someone you know needs help with a gambling problem, free confidential counseling is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a national toll-free number, (888) 900-9979.
Help is also available in many Montana communities. To find a counselor in your community who specializes in problem gambling, call (406) 453-6006 or toll free (888) 552-9076.