When individuals enter the field of healthcare, they are driven by a passion to assist others in achieving their best state of wellness. No matter their respective professional backgrounds, all health providers recognize the value of strong screening and assessments. We spend time and effort in screening to ensure that quality care can be delivered. Ideally, care that is both person-centered and that results in individualized treatment planning that meets the needs of the unique patient.
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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.