March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Tuesday March 2, 2021
For the 19th year, Adapt is working in collaboration with the Oregon Health Authority’s Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment Services Division and the Oregon Council for Problem Gambling to dedicate March to increasing public awareness of problem gambling and the availability of prevention, treatment, and recovery services. This coincides with the National Problem Gambling Awareness Month whose campaign theme is “Awareness + Action.”
Approximately 1 in 37 Oregonians struggle with problem gambling, yet stigma and shame prevent many people from seeking help. “We’ve expanded our efforts to build awareness that gambling is an activity that comes with risks, and it’s crucial we provide both free education and judgment-free treatment for those who develop gambling problems, as well as resources for those impacted by a loved one’s gambling,” said Greta Coe, Problem Gambling Services Manager with Oregon Health Authority’s Health Systems Division.
“We want people to know that they are not alone and that there is hope,” said Cati Adkins, Prevention Program Director at Adapt. “This is a crucial message to share when more people are at home and could be feeling very isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
If you or someone you care about struggles with gambling, call 1-877-MY-LIMIT. For local treatment options, visit Adapt www.adaptoregon.org or call 541-672-2691. To find out more about Problem Gambling Awareness Month, visit the Oregon Council for Problem Gambling www.oregoncpg.org.