Frequently Asked Questions

Q1) Why did this happen to me / my family member?

Much like other addictions, some people are more susceptible to developing a gambling problem. you have taken the first step in dealing with the problem by seeking information about the problem so that you can change the current situation.

Q2) How many other people have this problem?

Research indicates that 1% of individuals who gamble with develop a pathological gambling problem. Another 2-3% of gamblers will become problem gamblers.

Q3) What support system is there for problem gamblers and their families?

Support Groups (Gamblers Anonymous and Gam-Anon) exist in many North Carolina communities to help gamblers and their families. Links to these organization and their meetings are available here.

Q4) What other things can a gambler do to stop gambling?

If the gambling problem is associated with casino gambling, there are programs developed by the casinos that allow gamblers to exclude themselves from a specific casino’s properties. This can be sone by contacting the casino’s Responsible Gaming staff. Gamblers can exclude themselves for one year, five years, or life.