Problem Gambling in Connecticut
What is Gambling?
Gambling is taking part in any game or activity in which you risk money or a valuable object to win money. In most cases people do not develop a gambling problem, it is estimated between 1.5-2% meet the criteria for problem gambling in Connecticut according to Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.
What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is the uncontrollable urge to gamble despite negative consequences in a person’s life. Gambling addiction can contribute to poor mental health and physical health, loss of money, and problems with family, friends, and coworkers.
Learn more about Problem Gambling on these websites:
SAMHSA National Helpline (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) – 1-800-662-4357 – www.samhsa.gov
Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services (DMHAS) / Problem Gambling Services (PGS)– 860-344-2244 or toll-free 866-440-4375 -- https://portal.ct.gov/DMHAS/Programs-and-Services/Problem-Gambling/PGS---Home-Page
Types of Gambling?
Commercial gambling includes lotteries, instant lotteries, number games (such as Lotto and Keno), sports betting, horse betting, poker and other card games, casino table games (such as roulette and craps), bingo, and electronic gaming machines (EGMs). Additional forms of gambling include fantasy sports, raffle, online games (such as video games).
How Big is the Problem in Connecticut?
According to recent data from the CT Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG):
1.5-2% population will meet the criteria for a Gambling Disorder
Approximately 53,863 individuals enough to fill Fenway Park 1.5 times or Yankee Stadium once with a few people standard.
8% of the CT population are considered “at-risk” of developing a gambling problem in their lifetime.
That is approximately 287,269 CT residents; enough to attend 28 sold out concerts at Mohegan Sun Arena
How Does Gambling Impact Connecticut Teens?
According to recent data from the CT Council on Problem Gambling
(CCPG), teens who start gambling at younger ages, gamble with their
parents, or have family members with gambling problems are most
likely to develop an issue with problem gambling.
68% of teens place a bet each year.
If teens gamble, they are 3x more likely to drink alcohol, 4x more
likely to smoke cigarettes, twice as likely to use illegal drugs, 2x more
likely to be in a fight, and 4x more likely to get in trouble with
Up to 25% of youth with gambling problems attempt suicide.
How to Seek Help:
In addition to SAMHSA, DMHAS and CCPG, here are resources for anyone struggling with problem gambling or affected by someone with issues related to problem gambling:
1. The National Problem Gambling Helpline – 800-522-4700
2. The Hub: Behavioral Action Organization for Southwestern CT – 203-579-2727 – www.thehubct.org/gambling
3. Gamblers Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problem –www.gamblersanonymous.org
4. Gam-Anon is a self-help organization for the spouse, family, or close friends of compulsive gamblers – www.gam-anon.org
5. Bettor Choice Programs are gambling-specific treatment programs funded by the state of CT. Most programs offer a variety of outpatient services including: individual, group, peer recovery support, medication, and budget counseling for both individuals impacted by problem gambling and affected loved ones
6. Responsible Play CT is a new resource developed in partnership with the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling, the gambling industry, DMHAS, and the CT Lottery – www.responsibleplayct.org
7. 2-1-1 of Connecticut provides the ability to search “Gambling Counseling/Treatment” and agencies/treatment programs will show up on a map with address/location -- https://www.211ct.org