Gambling Disorder Prevention
If you or a loved one have a concern about gambling
please call the MDHHS Gambling Help line:
What is Problem Gambling?
Gambling is risking money or something of material value on something with an uncertain outcome in hopes of winning additional money or something of material value. Problem gambling includes all gambling behavior patterns that compromise, disrupt or damage personal, family, or vocational pursuits.
MDHHS Gambling Disorder Webpage
Find a Gamblers Anonymous Meeting
Gamblers Anonymous Questionnaire
Gam-Anon: Help for Families and Friends
National Council on Problem Gambling FAQ
Talking with Children About Gambling
2022 Gambling Disorder Prevention Needs Assessment Report
Regional Media Campaign Executive Report
International Center for Responsible Gambling (ICRG)
Youth Gambling: Some Current Misconceptions
National Survey on Gambling Michigan's Results Attitudes and Gambling Experience
Michigan's Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2021 Gambling Disorder Services
CMHPSM Gambling Prevention Media Campaign
In 2021-2022, CMHPSM implemented a youth and parent-focused media campaign to promote education and awareness about problem gambling. The campaign utilized various marketing mediums in Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties and had over 12 million impressions.
Gambling is risking money or something of material value on something with an uncertain outcome in hopes of winning additional money or something of material value.
Source: Williams, R., & Wood, R. (2010). Stacked deck: A program to prevent problem gambling: Facilitator's Guide. Hazelden.
Many video games- even games marketed toward children- offer the player the opportunity to purchase loot boxes.
Loot boxes are virtual packages containing often unknown prizes that the player hopes will advance their game.
Loot boxes have been associated with gambling, and some countries have even passed legislation to regulate loot boxes.
Being young is one risk factor of developing a gambling problem, which is why parents should be aware of their child’s gaming and gambling activity.
See the warning signs and symptoms of problem gambling below:
Warning Signs of Problem Gambling in Young People:
Asking for/borrowing money from family or friends
Unexplained debts or extra cash/possessions
Unexplained time away from home, work, or school
Behavior change (seems distracted, moody, sad, worried, etc.)
Withdrawal from friends and family
Less involvement with usual activities
An unusual amount of time spent watching or checking sports scores & statistics or playing gambling-type games
Money or valuables are missing
Selling personal belongings
Bragging about winning
Grades are dropping
Lying, cheating, or stealing
Risk Factors for Becoming a Problem Gambler:
Being a youth
Gambling at an early age
Having close access to gambling opportunities
Having friends who gamble
Having parents who are problem gamblers
Having other addictions
Having an early big win
Not understanding how gambling works
Having difficulty controlling impulses
Having mental health conditions
Source: Williams, R., & Wood, R. (2010). Stacked deck: A program to prevent problem gambling: Facilitator's Guide, Hazelden.
Please contact the Gambling Disorder Prevention Grant Coordinators with any questions or to join the regional Gambling Disorder Prevention Workgroup at the links below: