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“Please Play Responsibly” ~ Setting Personal Guidelines
Making choices about gambling based on the guidelines that follow is likely to reduce the risk of developing a gambling problem. These guidelines can also be used as a basis for talking to someone whose gambling concerns you:
The decision to gamble is a personal choice. No one should feel pressured to gamble. Many people will choose to gamble socially, for a limited period of time and with predetermined limits for losses. Others will simply have no desire to gamble. Some people with a family history of gambling problems or other addictions may choose not to risk gambling at all.
The bottom line is that no one should feel that he/she has to gamble to be accepted.
1.Gambling is not essential for having a good time. The real value of social activities is being with friends and taking time out from the pressures of daily living. Gambling should not be seen as necessary for having fun and being with friends.
2.Gambling can be an enjoyable complement to other activities, but shouldn’t be seen as the only method of socializing.
3.What constitutes an acceptable loss needs to be established before starting to gamble.
4.People need to expect that they will lose more often than they will win.
5.Borrowing money to gamble should be avoided and discouraged.
Vermont Council on Problem
Gambling produces an informative and educational monthly newsletter.
Help for Families
Compulsive gamblers usually deny that they have a problem – both to themselves and others. We invite significant others to turn to us for guidance and support. We can offer suggestions on how to deal with problem gamblers: what to say, how to say it, and where to find helpful resources.
Click here to download the Gam-anon questionare (PDF).
Help for Communities
Our organization works with communities to combat gambling addiction and promote responsible gaming across Vermont.
We serve as a resource for all Vermonters on the problems of compulsive gambling. This includes providing training and screening tools to help social service agencies identify and treat gambling addiction.
Vermont Council on Problem Gambling P.O. Box 62
Bellows Falls, VT 05101