March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Everyone needs help sometimes.

That's why, during Problem Gambling Awareness Month, the Iowa Department of Public Health and the National Council on Problem Gambling are collaborating to encourage people to talk about problem gambling with the “Awareness + Action” campaign. 

Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for pathological gambling. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction. In Iowa, about one million adult Iowans gamble each month, and about 315,000 adult Iowans are classified as "at-risk" gamblers.  IDPH is proud to partner with the Iowa Lottery to raise awareness about problem gambling and how to reach out for support when worried about gambling habits or have questions about problem gambling.

Problem Gambling Awareness Month is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. The grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders - public health organizations, advocacy groups and gambling operators - who work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist. At Your Life Iowa and 1-800-BETS OFF, we can help with screening tools, 24/7 phone support, and more to help you or a loved one start their journey to recovery today.

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