Gambling Support Group:
- Gamblers Anonymous – Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm and Sat. @ 3:00-4:00pm, 401 S. 11th St., St. Joseph, MO.
- Gamblers Anonymous/Support meetings – Sunday, 7pm, Ashland United Methodist Church, 2711 Ashland, St. Joseph, MO
- https://www.888betsoff.com: Missouri Alliance to curb problem gambling. Call 1-888-BETSOFF.
An estimated 5.6% of college students are problem gamblers (Shaffer, 2001). This is more than double the rate of problem gambling among the overall adult population.
Every semester students drop-out because of gambling problems. They find themselves in a financial mess, they are stressed-out, they miss class, and they often feel angry, shameful, and depressed.
The following are some signs of a possible gambling problem:
- Gambling more often
- Gambling for more money
- Gambling for longer periods of time
- Gambling in spite of negative consequences, such as large losses or poor grades
- Gambling as a way to cope
Recognizing gambling problems among your friends:
- Unexplained absences/sudden drop in grades
- Change of personality/ visible changes in behavior
- Possession of a large amount of money; brags about winnings
- An unusual interest in sports scores or stats
- An intense interest in gambling conversations
- Unexplained financial problems or clues about financial problems (borrowing money)