Hamilton, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/28/2017 -- Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ), recently appeared on the television program Another Thing with Larry Mendte to discuss problem gambling. Pryor's guest spot on the show was prompted by New Jersey adding video game gambling to bolster the state's gaming industry.
"We do studies to find out exactly how many individuals may have a problem," Pryor stated. "What we have found is that three to five percent of the population of New Jersey may have a problem with...disordered gambling."
Pryor went on to discuss that senior citizens make up a large portion of this statistic. This is because they have large pensions and use gambling as a coping mechanism to deal with grief and boredom. Senior citizens see trips to the casino for gambling in Atlantic City as a social event. However, these outings can soon lead to a gambling addiction.
"Studies have been done to show that the brain reacts to gambling the same way it does to substance use disorder," Pryor said.
Pryor also made the point that people have access to gambling more than ever before, as they can do it on the Internet at home or the office, or on the go with their smart device.
Interested parties can learn more about Pryor's appearance on Another Thing with Larry Mendte and the CCGNJ's efforts to provide support for people dealing with an addiction to off-track wagering at Favorites or video game gambling.
The CCGNJ can be reached by calling their 24/7 hotline at 800-GAMBLER or visiting online at http://www.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.