Between six and nine million Americans will face this problem in their lifetime, yet only a fraction will actually try to fix it. An upcoming campaign is working to change that. Sunday, March 3, 2013 kicks off the National Problem Gambling Awareness Week.
There’s more ways to gamble today than ever, which only makes the problem worse for those who have an addiction. In Iowa there are 20 casinos and across the river in Illinois it’s legal for restaurants and bars to have slot machines. People can also play the lottery online.
Gambling addiction is labeled as a hidden addiction which is just one reason for the awareness week.
“Unless you can see their bank account or really have some sensitive personal information, you can’t know,” says counselor for ADDS Gambling Treatment Services, Nicholas Foss.
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