It is estimated approximately  81,000 adult Oregonians experience gambling problems. 

 

  • More than one in three gamblers currently receiving treatment services have received treatment for excessive substance use.

  • Problem gambling is more common in those with alcohol use disorders, drug use disorders, and other behavioral health problems.

 

  • Problem gambling is more prevalent among those with nicotine dependence.
     

  • Individuals who experienced three or more types of Adverse Childhood Experiences were more than three times as likely to report disordered gambling as compared to individuals with no history of childhood adversity.
     

  • People with a gambling problem are twice as likely to be depressed and 18 times more likely to experience severe psychological distress than

  • people without a gambling problem.

  • Thoughts of Suicide are more prevalent among people experiencing problem gambling than among the general population.

 

Problem Gambling Warning Signs:

 

  • Gambling more frequently or for longer than intended

  • Lying about where money goes

  • Declining work or school performance

  • Borrowing money in order to gamble

  • Increasing preoccupation with gambling

  • Distancing or isolating from family or friends

  • Unable to pay bills or cover expenses

  • Chasing losses, or returning the next day to win back what was lost

  • Have you committed or considered committing a crime to finance your gambling

  • Have you made repeated unsuccessful efforts to control or stop your gambling

 

Only about 3% of people experiencing problems with gambling seek treatment in any given year. As with other addictions, people who seek treatment can recover. In Oregon, services are free and effective!

 

  • 65% of program participants report not gambling six months after receiving services.

  • 95% of program participants would recommend Oregon Gambling Treatment Services to others.

(Source: Oregon Problem Gambling Resource)

 

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