To the Editor:
In an age when gambling accessibility is as easy as reaching for your smartphone or visiting a local video café, I would like to encourage people during National Gambling Awareness Month to be aware of how much they are spending and losing.
Gambling can be addictive, and for the problem gambler, it can lead to such devastating losses as a home, car, job, family and friends.
March is National Gambling Awareness Month, and I would like to urge people who think they have a gambling problem to seek professional help. Common signs of a problem gambler often include lying to your partner about where you’ve been and how you’ve spent your money, lost sleep because of gambling stress and anxiety, reducing time one spends with family and work to gamble, feeling guilty about gambling, and trying to cut back in gambling without success.
If you think you have a problem gambling, Renz Addiction Counseling Center is offering free gambling assessments throughout 2014 and free treatment during March at our Two American Way location in Elgin. For information, visit www.RenzCenter.org or call the center at 847-742-3545.
Executive director, Renz Addiction Counseling Center