Compulsive Gambling Awareness
What is Problem Gambling?
Problem gambling is gambling behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. The
term "Problem Gambling" includes, but is not limited to, the condition known as "Pathological", or "Compulsive" Gambling, a progressive addiction
characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting
to stop, "chasing" losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.
(From the National Council on Problem Gambling website)
Problem Gambling Resources:
The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling toll-free help line for gamblers or family members who are affected by compulsive gambling.
Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling (WCPG)- The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling is
a state affiliate of the NCPG. Information about National Certification for the treatment of pathological gambling can be found on the NCPG website
National Council on Problem Gambling. The Mission of the National Council on Problem Gambling is
to increase public awareness of pathological gambling, ensure the widespread availability of treatment for problem gamblers and their families,
and to encourage research and programs for prevention and education.
NORC Diagnostic Screen for Gambling Problems-Self
Administered (NODS-SA) This tool from Aurora Health Care, provides a simple
self test to evaluate your gambling behavior. Please note: This is not a diagnosis and DOES NOT replace a face-to-face evaluation with a trained
Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider & home to
Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Wisconsin's Compulsive Gambling Awareness Campaign
The Department of Health Services has entered into a contract with the Wisconsin Council on Problem
Gambling (WCPG) to develop a statewide awareness campaign addressing the issue of compulsive gambling. The WCPG is one of 33 state affiliate
councils of the National Council on Problem Gambling. Their primary mission is to educate and promote
public understanding of problem gambling and the disorder of compulsive gambling. Among the initiatives planned for the campaign are the expanded
visibility of the Council's 24-hour help line which provides referral services for callers, a public relations/media campaign, piloting and of
a high school gambling prevention curriculum, training for human service professionals, and the development and implementation of a statewide
information and networking conference. The WCPG is located in Green Bay and has a toll-free help line for gamblers or family members who are affected
by compulsive gambling.
The number is: 1-800-426-2535.
Last Revised: July 12, 2010