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Elizabeth Hartney, PhD

Recession Causes Escalation of Gambling Problems

By March 15, 2009

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According to a recent article on Newsday.com, financial woes are triggering an escalation of problem gambling.

They report an increase in the number of calls to gambling hotlines, with calls to a National gambling hotline up to 255,000 callers last year from 12,000 the year before. Also, casino self-exclusion is up in New Jersey, with over 1,000 people requesting that they be barred from entering casinos.

While in some ways, this is a worrying trend, looked at another way, the story is hopeful. It shows that people are more willing to reach out for help when they are struggling with gambling problems, and that they are able to make use of the supports available to prevent their problems from worsening.

If you think you may have a problem with gambling, or if you have a loved one you are concerned about, you can call a gambling hotline for immediate support.

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