The theme of the observance this year is “Have the Conversation”. The DDAP, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the Pennsylvania Lottery, and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA are spreading a message that gambling disorders are preventable.
While many people gamble recreationally, it is estimated that one to three percent of the population will develop a gambling disorder at some point in their lives. According to chief operating officer of the CCGPA Josh Ercole, treatment is a real and effective option for those dealing with this issue.
“We want everybody to know that help is available. Please do not ever feel alone. This is a situation that is very treatable but it takes that first step of making the call or by linking to our chat or help line through the use of text.”
The Pennsylvania Problem Gambling helpline is 1-800-GAMBLER. Other resources including a 24-hour chat service can be found at pacouncil.com.