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News You Can Use - November 2015

Information and tips to help you live healthier and happier

GamblerHelp For Problem Gambling

Approximately two million adults in the U.S. meet the criteria for pathological gambling, and another four to six million are considered problem gamblers, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling. Due mainly to shame, denial and a desire to handle the problem themselves, only one in 10 problem gamblers seek professional help.

What is problem gambling?

Just as some people become addicted to drugs or alcohol, it is possible for a person to become obsessed with an uncontrollable urge to gamble. A person has a problem with gambling if he or she continues to gamble despite evidence that their gambling is causing personal, family, financial, work or legal problems.

Warning signs of problem gambling.

Review the warning signs below. If you or someone you know answers "Yes" to any of the questions below, consider seeking help from a professional who is experienced in treating problem gambling:

  1. You have often gambled longer than you had planned.
  2. You have often gambled until your last dollar was gone.
  3. Thoughts of gambling have caused you to lose sleep.
  4. You have used your income or savings to gamble while letting bills go unpaid.
  5. You have made repeated, unsuccessful attempts to stop gambling.
  6. You have broken the law or considered breaking the law to finance your gambling.
  7. You have borrowed money to finance your gambling.
  8. You have felt depressed or suicidal because of your gambling losses.
  9. You have been remorseful after gambling.
  10. You have gambled to get money to meet your financial obligations.

Your EAP is here to help

If gambling has gotten out of control for you, recognizing and admitting that you have a problem is the first step toward recovery. There are specific behavior patterns associated with problem gambling. Gamblers who recognize these patterns can cope with their problem and learn to live free of gambling. Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide you or your dependents with counseling, referrals and/or information to help you recover a life free of gambling. If you need help, why not call an EAP counselor today? We're here to help you.

Employee Assistance Program Services

Employee Assistance Program symbolThe Broward County Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Broward County Government employees and their families to assist with most personal problems affecting the quality of life at home or on the job at no charge. Participation in the program is voluntary and completely confidential. Licensed professionals can assist you with:

  • Family problems
  • Work conflicts
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Financial problems
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety

Call for a free and confidential appointment or more information at 954-357-5600 or email at Additional information on our services is also available at

Copyright © 2015 Healthy Exchange. This newsletter is not intended to provide medical advice on personal wellness matters, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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