Gambling is often a fun way to spend some time. Most people either win some money, or chalk their losses up as entertainment and move on. Unfortunately, a percentage of the gambling population takes things too far. Problem gambling is a real problem, and Nevada has several resources to address the issue.
The state of Nevada collects taxes each year to fund the Revolving Account for the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling, a pool of money administered by the State Health and Human Services Department. The state uses the account to fund support and treatment options for those suffering from problem gambling in Nevada and their families.
The state also is home to the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling. This organization, a nonprofit that serves as the Silver State’s representative to the National Council on Problem Gambling, offers counseling and assistance to find treatment options. There is a 24-hour hotline that you can call toll-free if you need help getting started.
The state additionally maintains a self-exclusion database. If you feel that you cannot stop gambling, no matter what, then you need to take the step of saving yourself from yourself.
Finally, there are numerous groups that meet to provide support and comfort in their journey to recovery. Groups like Gamblers Anonymous, GAM-ANON and GamTalk offer weekly meetings that connect you with others who suffer from problem gambling. These groups can provide help, and there’s no judgment or shame to feel.
If you or someone you love is struggling with problem gambling, there is help. Don’t wait another minute. Get in touch with the right people, and start getting better today.