Military-Combating The Problem; Volume 4, Issue 4

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Military-Combating The Problem; Volume 4, Issue 4

Post by tammy rigsby » Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:09 am

More and more active and veteran military members are having problems with gambling. This is a sensitive population because these individuals may perceive a problem with gambling as a weakness and often they feel they cannot seek help through their military base’s counseling services for fear of punishment or demotion. In the United States, one does not have to look hard to find a casino or gaming facility. On military bases abroad, a majority of bases provide slot machines onsite, making availability for gambling opportunities easier. Members of the military may turn to gambling when they return home ,especially if their deployment was stressful. Gambling may be used as an escape mechanism to forget the difficult times they may have endured or the memory of a friend they may have lost in combat and dealing with the day to day struggles of transitioning back into a normal routine. Military spouses may also turn to gambling to cope with the deployment of their significant other. For both the spouse and the soldier, gambling is often used as a negative escape mechanism which can cause devastating harm both emotionally and financially. The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling has created a tool kit for this population titled Military: Combat Gambling Addiction that provides information and screening tools to VA hospitals and other mental health providers that work with military members and families. If you or someone you know has a problem, call 1-888-ADMIT-IT for referrals and resources.

Facts About Military Problem Gambling
-Approximately 6% of callers that contact the HelpLine state that the gambler is in fact either active or retired military.
-Military or spouses of soldiers often use gambling as a way of coping with stress.
-Recently, the Army voiced it’s concerns over a significant rise in gambling at some of the bases abroad which can lead to a rise in compulsive gambling. (Stars and Stripes 2009)
-In one on base casino alone, after soldiers returned from a stressful deployment, the slot machines took in 28% more money than the year before, causing concerns. (Stars and Stripes 2009)

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Preoccupation with Gambling
Risking Relationships
Gambling to Escape
Relying on Bailouts
Increasing Bets to Sustain Thrill
Concealing Activity
Loss of Control
Chasing Losses
Illegal Activities
Agitated when Stopping or Cutting Back

Check these out!!!!

America Anonymous
Benoit Lewis

Gambling in America
Earl L. Grinols

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call 1-888-236-4848 for information and resources.

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