Problem Gambling

Problem Gambling & Addiction

Problem gambling is an extreme urge to gamble continually without thinking about the negative results or long term ramifications. There are millions of people in the United States who have encountered issues with gambling addiction. Research has estimated that over two million people have a gambling addiction, and between four to six million implied to have a problem with gambling. Problem gambling without help continues to destroy individuals, relationships, families, finances, jobs, and careers.

There are countless opportunities to gamble throughout the state of Illinois and in our local communities.  Individuals gamble through lottery tickets, scratch-offs, bingo, raffles, sport boards, sports betting, card games, online gaming, dice, video poker, slots, and casinos.  Many people gamble without understanding the outcome and risks that follow when they choose to “PLAY THE GAME.”

Research shows certain people groups show higher risk of developing a Problem

  • Young Adults
  • Seniors
  • Miltiary and Veterans
  • Athletes
  • People who had family members with history of alcohol, drugs, and other addictions
  • People exposed to gambling at a young age and was a common activity

  • Engrossed with gambling
  • Increasing the amount they bet to get the same emotional high or excitement
  • "Chasing Loses" The feeling to coming back gain back what was previously lossed
  • Gambling is trying to escape reality of pain, anxiety, personal problems
  • Can't stop or cut back from gambling
  • Depressed when stopping, irritable, restless,
  • Seeking family and friends to bail them out from gambling debt
  • Hiding gambling form loved ones, problems at work, and school

Alpha Omega Offers Help

  • Free Consultation within 24-48 hours contacting our office
  • Counseling for indivuals
  • Group counseling
  • Information regarding twelve step program
  • Offering assistance in helping people sign up for Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program
  • People exposed to gambling at a young age and was a common activity

Please reach out to us today. There is no shame in asking for help. Do not let this issue go unchecked. Call 217-274-7336

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