Trends in Problem Gambling

Presented by Don McDonald

Coordinator, PAADA

Problem gambling is often known as the “hidden addiction” because it can be easy to hide and hard for others to recognize the warning signs. PAADA presents a training on problem gambling trends as part of Lincoln County’s 2021 Recovery Month Webinar Series.

Recovery Month 2021


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Introduction:    Topics of Discussion for Today…

1. National, state and local trends in problem gambling identification.

2. Is problem gambling and issue in Lincoln County?

3. Support for those experiencing negative impacts of problem gambling

4. How can you engage and be a part of the solution?

What is a Gambling Disorder?

Gambling disorder involves repeated problematic gambling behavior that causes significant problems or distress. It is also called gambling addiction or compulsive gambling.

For some people gambling becomes an addiction — the effects they get from gambling are similar to effects someone with alcoholism gets from alcohol. They can crave gambling the way someone craves alcohol or other substances. Compulsive gambling can lead to problems with finances, relationships and work, not to mention potential legal issues.

People with gambling disorder often hide their behavior. They may lie to family members and others to cover up their behavior and may turn to others for help with financial problems. Some gamblers are seeking excitement or action in gambling, others are looking more for escape or numbing.

© 2021 American Psychiatric Association

Diagnosis of a Gambling Disorder

A diagnosis of gambling disorder requires at least four of the following during the past year:
1. Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
2. Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
3. Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
4. Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
5. Often gambling when feeling distressed
6. After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
7. Lying to conceal gambling activity
8. Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
9. Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling

A person with gambling disorder can experience periods where symptoms subside and gambling doesn’t seem a problem in between periods of stronger symptoms.

Gambling disorder tends to run in families, but environmental factors may also contribute. Symptoms of the disorder can begin as early as adolescence or as late as older adulthood. Men are more likely to begin at a younger age and women are more likely to begin later in life.
© 2021 American Psychiatric Association

Anyone Can Develop a Gambling Problem

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

What Can You Do?

● Continue to build your knowledge

● Share Your knowledge

● Encourage others to learn more

Next Steps

Based on the Problem Gambling Community Readiness Survey, PAADA will be coordinating with Lincoln County public Health on these next steps.

Problem Gambling Resources

National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Gam-Anon
Gamblers Anonymous

State of Oregon:
Oregon Problem Gambling Resource (OPGR)

Local/Lincoln County:
Lincoln Community Health Center

Contact Information

Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse/ Problem Gambling
PO Box 2401
Newport, OR 97365
(541) 574-7890
(541) 740-2144 (Cell)