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Gambling Disorder: Signs & Symptoms

August 2022


gambling-g2f47f5d4f_1280.jpgProblem gambling is a growing issue in the United States and around the world. If you think you might have a problem with gambling, go to  and take the quick quiz to help determine what steps, if any, you should take. If you determine the need for help, support and advice about gambling disorder call 1.800.GAMBLER.


July 2022

Learn More About Gambling 

gambling.jpgWhat are the Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Addiction? What are the signs to look out for? If someone you love may be struggling with a possible gambling disorder, learn more about the situation. Spotting the signs of gambling addiction, understanding the resulting symptoms, and knowing how to get help, are all essential when it comes to combat the condition.

To learn more visit: What are the Signs and Symptoms of Gambling Addiction? - OK Rehab.

June 2022

Illinois Gambling 

gamblingHead.jpgThe Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) released the first-of-its-kind statewide assessment of problem gambling in Illinois on June 16, 2022. The study found that 68 percent of adult Illinoisans reported gambling in the past year, with the state lottery being the most popular form. Following legalization and expansion, gambling at video gaming terminals and online sports betting showed significant growth over time. While most adults engage in responsible gambling behaviors, some experience significant impact on their economic, social, and mental well-being, developing problem gambling and gambling disorder.

Statewide, the assessment found:

  • 8 percent of adult Illinoisans — approximately 383,000 people — are considered to have a gambling problem
  • An additional 7.7 percent — approximately 761,000 people — are at risk for developing a gambling problem

IDHS continues to work with gambling providers to expand outreach and awareness of the problems that gambling can cause, and to connect impacted people with the services that support recovery. IDHS, through SUPR, has funded 26 gambling treatment programs through SFY2022. Twenty-one of them provide outpatient treatment and outreach services to the communities they serve. Call the number provided for more information.

February 2022

Gambling: What is It?

gambling-g2f47f5d4f_1280.jpgAs you are most likely aware, gambling is more popular in Illinois than ever. Problem gambling is a growing issue in the United States and around the world. If you have concerns about someone you love or about your own gambling experiences, you’re not alone. As a young person you are at risk of developing a gambling problem at a rate of about two to three times that of adults. The Illinois Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) reports on their gambling website, (, that approximately 6% of U.S. college students have a gambling problem. Might that be you or someone you care about?

A gambling Disorder is characterized by needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money to achieve the desired excitement. Often restlessness or irritability occurs when you attempt to cut down or stop gambling. Other symptoms are preoccupation with gambling, gambling when feeling distressed, gambling to make up one’s losses, lying to conceal the extent of gambling and relying on others to provide money to solve desperate financial situations caused by your gambling. As a friend or family member of a person with a gambling disorder, you may find yourself preoccupied with trying to control the gambler and hiding money from them. Gambling disorders can cause significant financial, relationship, work or school, health and emotional problems, including a higher risk of suicide.

In response to the need for gambling treatment, Illinois has expanded gambling treatment services. Last September the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) expanded the Illinois capacity for treatment and intervention services for individuals with a gambling disorder. Services are also available for their families. 

If you are concerned about your own gambling, be aware that help is available to support you in recovery. If you are concerned about a family member or friends gambling, there is also help for you to gain a better understanding of the gambling disorder and to work on the issues that have been a result of this relationship. To access gambling treatment in Illinois, visit for a directory of providers.

As a young person with a gambling issue, be aware of the 12-Step opportunities within many communities such as Gamblers Anonymous and for family support, Gam-Anon.

Do you have a potential gambling issue? Does someone you care about have a gambling issue?    

To find out, answer the test questions on the websites below and see how your gambling ranks.

For more information, visit: