Hamilton, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/05/2018 -- February 16th marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year, an important economic and social Chinese festival. The celebrations, which can go on for over 23 days in some countries, are characterized by symbolic practices intended to bring about good fortune for the following year. With that in mind, festivities often involve gambling and games of chance. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) urged those prone to disordered gambling to celebrate the Year of the Dog safely.
During this holiday, many people play games with friends and family like chor dai di, mahjong, ngau, and even more modern games like blackjack and poker. Sometimes, people even celebrate the Chinese New Year by partaking in activities like daily fantasy sports gambling in Atlantic City. To prevent a relapse of disordered gambling behavior, the CCGNJ suggested that problem gamblers and their loved ones communicate their concerns and avoid potentially risky situations.
"There's a way for every disordered gambler to enjoy holiday celebrations responsibly," said Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the CCGNJ. "If you struggle with problem gambling, you are not alone. The Council provides resources that can help you."
The CCGNJ offers programs and services to help those looking to recover from disordered gambling. Individuals seeking support can take part in Gamblers Anonymous meetings, find professional therapists, talk to financial counselors and much more.
People that find themselves unable to stop their daily fantasy sports betting in Atlantic City or engaging in other problematic gambling behaviors can call the CCGNJ's hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER, for support, treatment and hope. Alternatively, those interested in learning more about this non-profit organization can visit their website at https://800gambler.org.
About The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey is a non-profit, private organization dedicated to helping individuals seek help for their disordered gambling problem, and for concerned friends and loved ones to confidentially express their concerns about someone close to them. Their 24/7 hotline is 800-GAMBLER. The Council also works to train professionals in the fields of gambling addiction and recovery.
For more information, please visit http://www.800gambler.org.