Responsible Gaming Month brings awareness and resources to help addiction

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – September is responsible gambling month. It is a time to draw attention to gambling addiction and the resources surrounding it.

A study by UMass Amherst found that 11% of people surveyed in the Springfield area are high-risk gamblers, but resources are available. The criteria for a gambling disorder include “persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress,” the state gambling commission said, citing the DSM5.

Some resources available to you if you are struggling with a gambling addiction can be found at MGM Springfield. They have their GameSense program on the floor where you can visit which focuses on education and helping you connect with resources and some are trained therapists.

“They also have the resources to support our health ministry. they can help with betting hotline, anonymous gaming. There are many different options for gamblers who feel they are headed in the wrong direction,” said Daniel Miller, Director of Compliance at MGM Springfield.

The state helpline for gambling problems is 1-800-327-5050.

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