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Gambling Addiction Awareness Month

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BATON ROUGE - March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. Compulsive Gambling Counselor, Matricia "Mat" Green, stopped by 2une In this morning to give us some background on gambling addictions, and how to tell if you or a loved one have a problem.

"Gambling is really a growing problem these days," Green told News 2's John Pastorek this morning. "I see more and more people who are losing their homes. I mean their whole lifestyle is changing as a result of their gambling."

Green said that gambling addictions have been a prominent problem for a while, however recently she's seen an increase in the amount of children that are seeking help for gambling-related problems.

If you believe that you or a loved one may have a problem, there are certain signs that you can look for. Things like: skipping time at work to gamble, home-life problems as a result of gambling, inability to pay your bills, going to the casino no matter how big the consequences are. If you or a family member possesses any of these traits you should seek help immediately.

"There's no charge for treatment if you live in the state of Louisiana," Green explained. "They can call, we'll set up and do an assessment, and everything is confidential. They will talk directly to me or another counselor."

If you wish to seek help for you or a loved one, call the Capital Area Center for Gambling Treatment at (225)362-5360 or visit their website.



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