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Screening Tools for Teachers

Some indicators of a possible gambling problem in your classroom or with a student.


  1. Unexplained absences from school.
  2. Sudden drop in grades.
  3. Change of personality (e.g., irritability, impatience, criticism or sarcasm).
  4. Large amounts of money in student’s possession; bragging about winning at gambling.
  5. Does the student have an unusual interest in newspapers, magazines, or periodicals having to do with sports or horse racing?
  6. Intense interest in gambling conversations.
  7. Exaggerated display of money or other material possessions (e.g., cars, clothes, jewelry).
  8. Change in behavior (e.g., school absences, behavior problems).
  9. Gambling language in his/her conversations (e.g., 5 timer, 10 timer, bookie, loan shark, point spread, underdog or favorite).
  10. Exaggerated use of the word “bet” in his/her vocabulary.

    If you suspect that a student has a problem, direct them to the Student Assistance Counselor or Chemical Dependency Counselor.


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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.

read more here

Contact Us

Center for Addiction Recognition Treatment Education Recovery (CARTER)
56 Old Farm Road, Stowe, VT 05672

Office: 802-221-4939

Email: cartervermont@gmail.com

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