It's Not Whether You Win Or Lose, But How You Play
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Gambling Addiction Information Line 1-877-565-2112
Its how you play that makes it fun, or frustrating, or dangerous. It’s true for all types of games- including gambling. Approximately 6-9 million (or 2-3 %) have a gambling problem- and when they play, it’s more than a game. The way they play puts them and their families at financial and emotional risk. “Problem gambling is not a bad habit or a moral weakness. It’s a serious condition that responds well to treatment,” explains Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Whyte says that anyone can develop a problem with gambling.  Problem gambling can affect men and women of any age, race, or religion, regardless of their social status. Problem gamblers are much more likely than others to have problems with drinking, drugs and smoking, and to suffer from depression.  There is also a strong link between suicide and pathological gambling.  Problem gambling has been called the “hidden addiction”, as there are few outward signs until it is too late.

Compulsive gambling is a disease, often a hidden one. But it doesn't only affect the victim. When you consider the fact that most victims have a family, friends and co-workers, the number of real victims of compulsive gambling can skyrocket.
It is a chronic and progressive disease, much like alcoholism or drug addiction. But in Pennsylvania, as in many other states, there is help for the compulsive gambler. In Pennsylvania that help is called The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Information Line.
The first step in getting help is recognizing that you or someone you care about has a problem with gambling. The next step is to call The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Information Line. The Hotline is an information and referral service for people with gambling problems, or who are concerned about someone who is gambling.

Gambling Addiction Information Line 1-877-565-2112
When you call The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Information Line, you will be referred to professionals who can provide assistance to persons with gambling problems.
How do you know if you or someone you care about has a problem? Here are some warning signs to look for:
  • Denying there is a problem    
  • Lying about where the money is going    
  • Borrowing money to gamble or pay off debts    
  • Taking time off work to gamble    
  • Losing touch with friends    
  • Looking for the "high" that comes from gambling
Compulsive Gambling is a recognized disease, just like alcoholism or drug addiction. It's difficult to detect and difficult to treat because you cannot remove the drug of choice, money, from the gambler's life. Treatment, however, is possible and necessary when there is a problem. There is hope.
Listen to your instincts. If you think there is a problem, chances are there is one. Call The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Information Line. They can help you decide. You don't have to be a trained counselor to tell. Act on your gut feelings. All you risk is finding out.
The first step comes from recognizing there's a problem and asking for help. Help is there for those who need it. The Pennsylvania Gambling Addiction Information Line can help you get in touch with support groups such as Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon. These support groups can help in the recovery process.
Recognition and a sincere desire to stop gambling are all a person needs to start the recovery process.

Visit the PA COUNCIL ON PROBLEM GAMBLING for more information.