Hamilton, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 11/15/2017 -- The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ), which offers treatment resources to those struggling with illegal sports betting in Atlantic City and other forms of disordered gambling, observed Mental Health Awareness Week this October.
The CCGNJ recognizes that the treatment of problem gambling requires a strong concurrent grasp of mental health treatment. Often, disordered gambling behavior co-occurs with neurological or psychological disorders, like depression, personality disorders, and ADD. Studies have shown that the rate of comorbidity for some disorders can be as high as 90% for disordered gamblers. Additionally, mental health disorders frequently exacerbate problem gambling behavior.
"The importance of treating mental health disorders has steadily grown more prominent in the public consciousness in recent years," said Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the CCGNJ. "However," she added, "much work still needs to be done to promote understanding and awareness."
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Week, the CCGNJ also shared information regarding the side effects of certain medications intended to address some psychiatric and neurological disorders like schizophrenia, depression, and Parkinson's. Studies show that in some cases, these medications can increase patients' propensity towards disordered gambling and other problem behaviors. Those interested in learning more about how prescription medications can influence disordered behavior may visit the CCGNJ's Resources page.
The CCGNJ offers support, treatment, and hope to both disordered gamblers and their loved ones. To reach out, call their gambling help hotline at 800-GAMBLER. They can also be contacted through their website, 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.