Gambling

Awareness Month

• March •

 

Resources

 

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month! Contact the Allegany County Local Behavioral Health Authority at 301-759-5070 for local resources. Confidential help is also available at at no cost 24/7 through the Maryland Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-GAMBLER: be connected to treatment provider offering “no cost” counseling; have a conversation with a Peer Support Specialist who has been there; and receive additional referrals to support, such as local Gamblers Anonymous meetings. Or visit helpmygamblingproblem.org for additional resources and information.

 

For most, gambling can be fun. But for some, gambling can get out of control resulting in financial problems, legal issues, family/relationship conflict and even suicide attempts. Signs someone may have a gambling problem:

 

  • Preoccupation with gambling.
  • Secretive about his/her gambling habits, and defensive when confronted.
  • Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back, or stop gambling.
  • Restless or irritable when not gambling.
  • Gambling to escape problems.
  • Trying to win back losses by more gambling.
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling.
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, or career opportunities because of gambling.
  • Relying on others to bail him or her out to relieve financial problems.

12501 Willowbrook Rd SE

Cumberland, MD 21502

301-759-5070

achd.bhso@maryland.gov