Gambling Disorder Prevention
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.
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:
o Asking for/borrowing money from family or friends
o Unexplained debts or extra cash/possessions
o Unexplained time away from home, work, or school
o Behavior change (seems distracted, moody, sad, worried, etc.)
o Withdrawal from friends and family
o Less involvement with usual activities
o Unusual amount of time spent watching or checking sports scores & statistics or playing gambling-type games
o Money or valuables are missing
o Selling personal belongings
o Bragging about winning
o Grades are dropping
o Lying, cheating, or stealing
Sources: ncpgambling.org; preventionlane.org
Risk Factors for Becoming a Problem Gambler:
o Being a youth
o Being male
o Gambling at an early age
o Having close access to gambling opportunities
o Having friends who gamble
o Having parents who are problem gamblers
o Having other addictions
o Having an early big win
o Not understanding how gambling works
o Having difficulty controlling impulses
o Having mental health conditions
Source: Williams, R., & Wood, R. (2010). Stacked deck: A program to prevent problem gambling:
Facilitator's Guide. Hazelden.