For many Americans, gambling is a fun, recreational activity. For others, as many as 6-9 million Americans, gambling is a damaging behavior that can harm relationships, family life, and careers.
This month, many Americans will follow the NCAA Division I basketball tournament. Although this event is exciting for many people, it is also a popular occasion for gambling. That’s why during the month of March, we recognize Problem Gambling Awareness Month, providing SAMHSA with an opportunity to address problem gambling as part of its mission to promote behavioral health. Problem gambling is similar to substance abuse in many ways, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling, and the DSM-5 classifies gambling disorder as a behavioral addiction.