National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
March 4, 2012 through March 10, 2012
March 4, 2012 through March 10, 2012 is National Problem Gambling Awareness Week (NPGAW). This is the 10th year of the event, which is a national grassroots effort run by the National Council on Problem Gambling and its 37 State affiliate councils. The goal of the week is to increase awareness about problem gambling among individuals, families, communities and health care professionals.
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ) is an active participant in National Problem Gambling Awareness Week. Jeffrey M. Beck, LPC, CCGC, JD, Clinical Coordinator of the Council, is Chairman of NPGAW.
In New Jersey activities will occur throughout March, which has been designated as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Gambling treatment professionals across the state will be involved in outreach activities, including literature distribution, school lectures, jail lectures, and walk in screenings.
The theme for 2012 is “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime”. An estimated 350,000 NJ residents are considered to be pathological, problem or at-risk gamblers. Problem Gamblers can be found in every community in our state and may be young or old, male or female, and from any ethnic or socio-economic group. Gambling problems often remain hidden until late in the addiction, because they cannot be detected in the same ways as other addictions. For this reason, CCGNJ and its 30+ public and private partners hope to use this month to educate residents about problem gambling and to let them know that help is available for those who need it.
For more information, see our NPGAW web page: www.800gambler.org/GAW
or contact us at:
THE COUNCIL ON COMPULSIVE GAMBLING OF NEW JERSEY, INC.
3635 Quakerbridge Road, Suite 7
Hamilton, New Jersey 08619
For free and confidential assistance with a gambling problem,
call our 24 hour helpline: 1-800-GAMBLER®