Melanie Blasko, Pres. & CEO
Alternate: John Keller, Chief Development Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Mentor, OH. March 2, 2020: March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers dedicates this month to helping people “have the conversation” about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for a gambling disorder, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. “Here at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers we have trained counselors who help people overcome gambling disorders by teaching them to recognize the signs and symptoms and encourage anyone looking for help to give us call,” said Melanie Blasko, President and CEO, Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers.
As March Madness reaches a crescendo with an estimated $10 billion in bets placed on the NCAA basketball championship games, calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) spike an average of 30% during the month.
For more information about gambling problem for you or a loved one, and how to have the conversation, we encourage people to call Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers at 440-255-0678 or visit us online at www.lgrc.us/problem-gambling-prevention/.
Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers provides a wide range of services for adults whose lives have been affected by their own or another’s use of alcohol or other drugs, by problem gambling or by mental illness. At every level from prevention to residential recovery services, we offer a message of hope to individuals, families, and the entire community.
Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers is a private, nonprofit agency providing continuous service to the community since 1971. Services at Lake-Geauga Recovery Centers are made possible due to the generous support of the Lake County ADAMHS Board, the Geauga Board of MHRS, and United Way of Lake & Geauga Counties.
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