TEEN BOARDING SCHOOLS
Sporting events may be a trap for problem gamblers
By Staff Writer
Major sporting events, such as the recent Super Bowl, may mean major risks for individuals who struggle with a gambling addiction. Millions of Americans may place bets on these games, but no matter which team prevails, the outcome may be a loss to compulsive gamblers.
There are more than three million gambling addicts in the U.S., and this number is steadily growing. According to experts, these individuals tend to have a higher risk for depression, emotional disorders and substance abuse, all of which have been linked closely to this type of addiction.
Sports games are "a major event for gamblers. Big games mean big bets and even bigger risks," said one recovering addict. "All sports fans need to be aware of problem gambling's warning signs so that we can protect and help our loved ones before their gambling becomes a serious issue."
Families are encouraged to watch out for signs such as frequently talking about betting, committing financially-driven crimes like forgery, using more drugs or alcohol, excessive borrowing from friends and possessing multiple credit cards.
Problem teens who engage in this bad habit could benefit from attending wilderness therapy, which may help them make healthier lifestyle choices.