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Gambling is occasional and fun for most adults but negatively affects finances, work and family for several million Americans. To help increase understanding about the risks involved, the DHS Compulsive Gambling Program is sponsoring messages on billboards and in social media during March, which is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Frequently titled the “hidden addiction,” problem gambling can be difficult to detect even by close friends and family members. The issue affects teens and adults, regardless of gender, race or income, so it is important to recognize changes in behavior. Signs of a gambling problem can include the following:
No matter what the circumstances, confidential help is available. DHS has financial resources for qualifying Minnesotans to get treatment and information is available through these resources, which are sponsored by DHS with proceeds from the Minnesota State Lottery: