Provided by Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families
During the week of March 6 – 12, communities nationwide are working to raise awareness of the consequences of problem gambling and the resources available for individuals whose gambling is causing disruption in their lives. Treatment for problem gambling is not only available, but is also effective in improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families. This initiative is also a celebration of the men and women who are overcoming problems associated with their gambling behavior.
The efforts of this week are geared toward creating a society where those affected by problem gambling are able to identify the problem and access professional services that help minimize the consequences of problem gambling. It envisions an environment in which treatment of gambling problems is recognized as a specialized field of expertise and professionals trained to assist problem gamblers are recognized for their unique knowledge, skills and abilities.
A primary focus of this effort is to promote the fact that treatment works and is available in Lincoln County. “In order to make a positive impact in the community, we need to be sure that the individuals and families that are in need of our services know that they are available and know how to access them,” said Lee Pate, Director of The Ken Trueman Recovery Center. The Ken Trueman Recovery Center is located in Newport, Oregon and is a great resource for problem gamblers and their families to receive free treatment and education about problem gambling on a local level.
According to the Oregon Student Wellness Survey we know that gambling starts at an early age and can become an addiction. Among Lincoln County 8th graders, 44.7 percent have reported participating in gambling activities, 21.8 percent bet on games of personal skill, like basketball, video games, etc, 16 percent bet on sports teams, and 14 percent bet on playing cards such as blackjack or Texas hold’em. Gambling is not a game.
If you know someone who has a gambling problem, help is available and free in Oregon for problem gamblers and their families. For confidential help call 1-877-mylimit or go online at 877mylimit.org, they are able to talk to professionals, who are available to help and can answer questions 24 hours a day
Lincoln Commission on Children and Families
351 SE Harney Street
Newport, Oregon 97365