Sports Betting Addiction in Pennsylvania

What Happens When Winning Means Losing?

October may be one of the biggest months for sports fans: football season is in full swing, hockey is almost back, basketball preseason has just kicked off, and we are waiting anxiously for the World Series.

The state of Pennsylvania is no stranger to die-hard sports fans – especially the Philly area. The Sixers, Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers all have some of the most notoriously devoted fan bases in the country. Yet, no matter where your loyalties lie, sports can easily spiral from a friendly competition into an unhealthy obsession. Sports betting, including online betting and fantasy betting, is a form of gambling that is highly addictive.

In PA, sports betting is completely legal, fairly unregulated, and isn’t really cautioned against the way drugs, alcohol, and even other kinds of gambling are. Sports betting apps are also constantly accessible via computer or phone. With all this considered, it’s no surprise that The Council on Compulsive Gambling of PA Inc. has reported the number of problem gamblers seeking help for sports betting since December 2020 has jumped from 5% to 50% and is rising.[1]

If you have exhibited any of the following behaviors, it may be time to reevaluate your sports betting habits.

  1. You find yourself lying about your betting habits
  2. You are betting beyond what you can afford to spend
  3. You’re borrowing money to pay back debts
  4. You’re finding you have increasing issues in different relationships
  5. Sports betting affects your emotions
  6. You are always thinking about betting—even when you should be focusing on other things
  7. Your family and friends think you have a problem
  8. You literally can’t stop betting, even if you try

Addiction of any kind is a disease that can be cured through treatment. If you suspect that you or someone that you care about has a sports betting issue, Livengrin can help.

Contact 215-638-5200 or info@livengrin.org.

[1] bettingusa.com/problem-gambling-pennsylvania-online-gambling/

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