Hamilton, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 04/04/2016 -- Earlier this month, Atlantic City's Hurley in the Morning talk show on WPG 1450 was joined by Neva Pryor, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. During her appearance, Pryor spoke with host Harry Hurley about Problem Gambling Awareness Month, which takes place throughout the month of March. As executive director of the Council, which offers support, treatment and hope to problem gamblers (including a gambling help hotline), Pryor urges those who suspect that they or a loved one are suffering from disordered gambling to call 1-800-GAMBLER to speak with a trained counselor.
Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a nationwide effort by the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey commemorates this month-long event by raising awareness about problem gambling in the state of New Jersey. There are, by the Council's estimate, thousands of people in New Jersey who suffer from disordered gambling behavior, and thousands more of their co-workers, friends and family who suffer secondary effects of their addiction, which can be difficult to detect and discuss but is far from a hopeless condition.
Problem gambling can be difficult for disordered gamblers to admit and harder for their family members and loved ones to detect. Unlike drug or alcohol dependency, problem gambling has no physical signs or symptoms, and some social stigma remains, painting it as a moral issue instead of the treatable illness that it actually is. The Council works diligently to reduce stigma and help gamblers to identity their problem and seek treatment. During the month of March, the Council encourages gamblers and their loved ones to open a non-judgmental dialogue about disordered gambling and seek treatment.
To help problem gamblers, the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey offers support, treatment and hope 24/7. Financial losses, depression, relationship problems, work troubles and other negative impacts of problem gambling can leave disordered gamblers feeling like they are beyond hope, but nothing could be further from the truth. With resources like Gamblers Anonymous meetings in NJ, the Council offers various ways that problem gamblers can regain control of their lives. Learn more 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 compulsive 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.