NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) – As Nebraska lawmakers roll out more gambling and casino bills, gambling addiction specialists are encouraging people to search for resources before further casino action is taken. The Nebraska Gambling Assistance Program is one of the few resources that helps people fight gambling addiction in our state. Unlike other addictions, gambling doesn’t have many warning signs until it’s too late.
“You can’t smell it. There are no card traces in your arm or dice coming out of your nose so it can take a long time and be very, very hidden, ”said certified gaming advisor Ron Felton.
Most of the gambling addicts used to be men. In Nebraska, experts say half of the people who have gambling addiction are women. Most people may not realize they are showing an attachment to gambling.
“You are having an affair with gambling because all of your emotional energy and time is right there,” said Felton.
Until some players seek help there, they are in a vulnerable state due to all of their losses.
“Family members are not aware that there is a serious gambling problem. It’s not sure what’s going on, ”said Felton. “Spouses can misinterpret gambling as a matter.”
For a while there were no anonymous agencies for gamers west of Lincoln. Now there are groups in Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney and North Platte. Due to the coronavirus, they have started holding virtual meetings from different parts of the state on Wednesdays.
“Nebraska was a model for other states in terms of resource allocation for gambling addiction,” Felton said.
If you or someone you love looking for help with gambling addiction, you can visit https://problemgambling.nebraska.gov/.
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