Governor Proclaims March As Problem Gambling Awareness Month

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TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie has proclaimed March 2012 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in New Jersey. The Governor urged all residents to help spread the message that there is help for problem gamblers through treatment as well as support for those who are in recovery and their families.

National Problem Gambling Awareness Week will be observed throughout the country from March 4 through March 10. The goal of this week is to increase awareness about problem gambling among individuals, families, communities and health care professionals. Jeffrey M. Beck, Assistant Director for Clinical Services, Treatment and Research at The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, Inc. (CCGNJ) is the National Chair for this campaign, which includes the National Council on Problem Gambling and its 37 state affiliate councils.

More than 30 public and private agencies will be partnering with the CCGNJ this year to offer outreach activities, literature distribution, lectures, awareness programs, and special events during the month of March. A list can be found on the CCGNJ’s special web page, , which will be updated as new activities are scheduled.

The theme for 2012 is “Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime can be Affected by Problem Gambling”. In New Jersey an estimated 350,000 residents are considered to be pathological, problem or at-risk gamblers. Problem Gamblers can be found in every community in our state and may be young or old, male or female, and from any ethnic or socio-economic group.

According to Donald Weinbaum, executive director of CCGNJ, “Gambling problems often remain hidden, because they cannot be detected in the same ways as other addictions. But there is help and hope for anyone affected, and I urge residents of NJ and other states to make this the month to learn more about problem gambling and to reach out for help for themselves, or a loved one, if needed.”

CCGNJ’s 1-800-GAMBLER® helpline is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day throughout much of the U.S. Live chat is available through the web site during business hours. Numerous recovery resources and informational materials are also available from this web site.

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