By Staff Writer
Gambling addiction is a growing problem in the U.S. Millions of people developed the disorder over the years. Programs that provide substance abuse help are among the few ways that these individuals can overcome their problems to lead normal lives again.
However, these programs are under fire in Nevada, the gambling capital of the country. According to the New York Times, state lawmakers want to cut funding for initiatives that provide gambling addicts with the help they need to recover. The move is part of an effort to close a gaping budget deficit.
Experts said that they find the proposal to cut funding for gambling addiction treatment programs ironic given the fact that Las Vegas is responsible for encouraging more gambling than anywhere else in the country.
In fact, the state has more individuals with problem betting habits than anywhere else in the nation. The news source reports that more than 5 percent of Nevada’s population can be classified as pathological gamblers, which is almost twice the national rate.
According to Gamblers Anonymous, seeking help for an addiction is one of the most important things that an addict can do to overcome their problem.