Posted: Mar 3, 2014 9:11 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Mar 3, 2014 9:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Matricia "Mat" Green is one of Department of Health and Hospital's gambling counselors with the Capital Area Human Services District. She stopped by 2une In Monday to tell you how you can kick the habit during Problem Gambling Awareness Month.
Nearly 100,000 Louisianians have a gambling addiction, but if you do, counselors like Green can help you address your problem for free. She's worked as a counselor for 15 years, and finds it troubling that the number of compulsive gamblers is on the rise.
"I'm seeing more and more families affected by this illness," Green explained, "and we need to get them in to get the help, because there is help available."
Some warning signs that you may suffer from pathological gambling include borrowing money to gamble, keeping your gambling a secret and jeopardizing a significant relationship or job by gambling.
If you think you may suffer from gambling addiction, call the helpline at 1-877-770-STOP or visit their website.