University News

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

You Are Here:
March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Raleigh, NC  – Shaw University is working in collaboration with the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program (NCPGP) to raise awareness in March, helping people engage in “Awareness + Action” about problem gambling. Approximately 2 million (1%) of U.S. adults are estimated to meet criteria for gambling disorder, another 4-6 million (2-3%) would be considered problem gamblers; yet for many, gambling remains a hidden addiction.  

Problem Gambling Awareness Month raises awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling.  Shaw University is building awareness by taking action and to promote gambling awareness activities.  Be on the lookout for Virtual Game Night and other activities that will be held on March 18, 2021 from 6pm to 8pm.

Teens and college-age students have the highest rates of problem gambling. Research indicates children are engaging in gambling activities earlier than they are with drug or alcohol use. Similar to substance use, research also shows that parents with a gambling problem often have children with a gambling problem. In addition, youth with gambling problems are more likely to use tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Many youth currently in treatment for substance use disorder may also have a gambling problem.  Labeled the “hidden addiction” is many times only exposed through problem gambling screening tools that are available for clinicians.

“Say No to Gambling” is highlighted on our campus.  Students are encouraged to stay engaged and participate in activities that focus on  Gambling Prevention and Awareness activities and healthy living and healthy lifestyles choices.   

The NCPGP provides and supports effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. For more information about the no cost in-person or virtual treatment for up to 12 sessions for youth and adults visit www.morethanagamenc.com or call the helpline at (877) 718-5543.

NCPGP is excited to be adding capacity to the provider registry for addressing the needs of youth by providing training for licensed clinicians interested in applying to join the registry. The virtual self-paced program, released in February, is available on the UNC Behavioral Health Springboard online platform. If you have any questions regarding the youth prevention or treatment services, reach out to Alison Drain at (919) 800-8482 or alison.drain@dhhs.nc.gov.

Related Articles:

The purpose of the introductory program is to build confidence and digital interest in young females to close the gender gap in digital technology. At the end of the 4-day program, participants will be able to code and use Apple digital tools to design.
Story matters! Yet this reflective treatise does not intend to regurgitate the full histories that shroud the shoulders of Juneteenth. In the metaphoric language of Delores S. Williams, this synoptic musing is an echo from the wilderness and the ancestral voices of the Faith that
What does freedom really mean in a country that will do anything to ensure that some never experience it? What does freedom really mean in a country that does everything in its power to deny this most basic and fundamental right? It is these questions
On Thursday, May 26, 2022, Shaw University concluded its third annual ‘Day of Giving’ campaign by exceeding its $500,000 goal – raising $1,066,867 – a 535% increase over last year’s total of $168,001.
Congratulations on your admission to Shaw University! We are proud and excited to welcome you to a community of scholars ready to challenge the world! Learn more about your next steps, today.