Rehab Specialists Seek to Educate Public About Gambling Addiction

By Staff Writer

Gambling addiction is generally poorly understood by many members of the public, experts say. In an effort to change this, many drug rehab and addiction treatment center employees are marking National Problem Gambling Awareness Week by talking to community members about the issue, which can destroy lives and families.

One addiction counselor from North Dakota told local NBC affiliate KFYR that addicts place bets for different reasons than most people. While the average person will make a wager in the hopes of winning money, problem gamblers are addicted to the rush and excitement rather than any potential monetary payoff.

He told the news source that it doesn’t matter if they win $1,000 or $100,000, no amount of money would ever be enough to satisfy an individual who suffers from gambling addiction.

The National Council on Problem Gambling is sponsoring the awareness week. The group says that between 2 and 3 percent of the population struggles with uncontrollable urges to bet and that the public needs to be educated about the dangers facing those who live with the addiction.