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Problem Gambling a 'Hidden Addiction'

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March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month, and the Hoosier Lottery, the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling and the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Indiana, remind people to play responsibly. National Problem Gambling Awareness Month, spearheaded by the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a grassroots public awareness and outreach campaign to educate the general public and health care professionals about the warning signs of problem gambling and raise awareness about the help that is available both locally and nationally.
The Hoosier Lottery is participating in a month-long campaign to educating employees, retailers, and the general public. Additionally, this month the Lottery launched its responsible gaming education video that all new retailers are required to view in conjunction with classroom training.
"The Hoosier Lottery believes that problem gambling is an important public health issue, and we take this matter seriously by ensuring we are educating our employees, retailers and the general public on the warning signs of problem gambling," said Sarah Taylor, executive director of the State Lottery Commission of Indiana.
"Problem gambling is a hidden addiction. Only family members or those with a close personal relationship with the gambler are likely to see the behavioral changes that arise from this addiction. Fortunately, Indiana has funded a problem gambling treatment provider network for those needing help," said Jerry Long, executive director of the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling.
"Gambling addiction can have devastating effects.  This problem often starts small but can lead to significant financial, employment and family crises.  We support the efforts to encourage responsible gaming," said Kevin Moore, director, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Indiana.
According to Indiana Council on Problem Gambling, some of the signs that indicate a person may have a gambling problem include lying to a loved one about gambling activity, deterioration of work performance, trouble concentrating, missing deadlines and important responsibilities and worrying about mounting debts and the inability to pay them.
The Hoosier Lottery encourages people who have, or think they have, a gambling addiction are encouraged to seek the assistance available to them. Family members of people who may have addictions are also welcome to contact any of the various resources for guidance in directing their loved ones to assistance. Problem gamblers can turn to the Indiana Gambling Addiction Line at 1-800-994-8448 to get help. The Hoosier Lottery reminds all players to play responsibly. Must be 18 or older to play.


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