There’s more to March Madness than just the game. Online Fantasy Basketball betting can lead down the road to addiction. Recently the New York Times collaborated with PBS Frontline to reveal how fantasy sports has led to gambling problems among some participants: Watch the ‘Frontline’ and Times Documentary on Fantasy Sports and Online Gambling.
Through the state-funded CalGETS program, Modern Counseling San Diego offers free, confidential counseling for problem gamblers as well as family members, friends, and co-workers affected by problem gambling.
If you think that gambling may have gotten out of control, take the gamblers self-assessment quiz. Are you a family member, friend or co-worker of a problem gambler? Find out if you are affected by taking this quiz on the California Department of Public Health’s website. To make an appointment for free, confidential counseling, call 619-549-3994.
Problem gambling happens when gambling is no longer a game. Like other addictions, betting begins to impact relationships, quality of life and/or finances. Gambling takes many forms including card games like poker and black jack, mahjong, roulette, slots, sporting events, stocks/financial markets, fantasy sports, lottery, horse racing and bingo. Betting can be done on-line, in a casino, card room, or at the track.