In the Sunshine State, almost one million people struggle with gambling addiction. According to the nonprofit California Council on Problem Gambling, those afflicted with the disease have the highest suicide rate of any dependency and are roughly three times as likely to be arrested or go to jail. Problem gambling is also linked to divorce and domestic issues. For these and other reasons, the National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that the annual social cost of gambling addiction exceeds $8 billion.
This year, three Indian-owned casinos earned Silver Responsible Gambling Certifications for at least the fifth time: the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, the Viejas Casino & Resort and the Pechanga Resort & Casino.
"We applaud these three gaming facilities for continuing to take the necessary steps to help problem gamblers," said Robert Jacobson, executive director of the California Council on Problem Gaming. "As more and more facilities take this initiative, those struggling with gambling addictions will be able to more easily get the help they need."
Each casino received comprehensive training, complied with an extensive list of requirements, and demonstrated both the willingness and ability to help those affected by gambling addiction.
The California Council on Problem Gambling relies on voluntary contributions from various companies and individuals to fund its programs.
“The contributions of our supporters, including the United Auburn Indian Community, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians provide essential aid in our quest to do what we do,” Jacobsen said. “Without them, we would not be able to reach the thousands of people who need our help each year.”
Founded in 1986, the California Council on Problem Gambling is a non-profit organization that works to assist problem gamblers and their families. By promoting awareness and education about gambling addiction, the California Council on Problem Gambling is able to provide help for those struggling with problem gambling and their loved ones. To learn more about the California Council on Problem Gambling, contact them at 714-765-5804 or visit http://www.calpg.org.