Problem Gambling Prevention

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The Problem Gambling Prevention Program at CHD seeks to increase community awareness that:

Gambling is an activity that carries risk, and

There are ways to address problem gambling to reduce its impact on the individuals, families, and businesses within Union County.
For many adults, gambling is a form of entertainment.  However, gambling is an activity that carries risk, and, for some people, it can become such a problem that a person continues to gamble despite personal, social, or financial consequences.  In Union County, the Center for Human Development, Inc., provides free, confidential help to those who are experiencing problems with gambling.  Call us at 541-962-8800 to find out more information.
Responsible Gambling Guidelines
Most Oregon adults (87%) agree that if people choose to gamble, they should have their own personal guidelines for gambling responsibly, such as:

If you choose to gamble, do so for entertainment purposes.

Treat the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment.

Set a dollar limit and stick to it.

Set a time limit and stick to it.

Expect to lose.

Make it a private rule not to gamble on credit.

Create balance in your life.

Avoid “chasing” lost money.

Don’t gamble as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.

Drinking alcohol while gambling carries additional risk.

Become educated about the warning signs of problem gambling.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling
Are you or someone you know experiencing these symptoms?  

Spending more and more time gambling.                  

Increasing gambling time and places.

Increasing bet sizes.

Creating special occasions for gambling (canceling other plans).

Increasing intensity of interest in gambling (constant high tension/excitement).

Gambling to escape problems or when there is a crisis.

“Chasing” losses with more gambling.

Boasting about winning and evasive about losing.

Exaggerated display of money and possessions.

Decreasing desire to engage in other activities and interests.

Frequent absences from school, work, and home.

Withdrawal from family and friends.

Diversion of funds earmarked for other purposes.

Middle School Art Search for Problem Gambling Awareness Calendar
Union County students in grades 6-8 are invited to send in their original artwork that could be chosen for the 2021 Oregon Health Authority Problem Gambling Awareness calendar. Twelve designs will be selected, one for each month of the year. 

Entry deadline is March 31, 2020. Drop off contest entries at Center for Human Development, Inc., Attention: DeAnne. Contact for more information. Click here for entry flyer.

Students are asked to please create a poster that illustrates one of the following concepts, or develop their own message. In either case, include the message in the poster. You do not have to use these exact words; they are included here as ideas:

Youth who gamble are much more likely to be involved in other risky behaviors, such as drinking, drug use, or violence.

Gambling online for money is illegal in Oregon.

Using “free” internet gambling sites puts you at risk for identity theft and other serious problems.

Anyone with a gambling problem can get free counseling.

Gambling problems can happen to anyone.

There are better things for kids to do for fun than gamble.

Gambling can be a risky activity.

People who gamble should set and stick to a time and money limit.

Signs of problem gambling: lying about gambling and betting more than intended.

Many of us are not aware that gambling addiction is a problem.

People can recover from gambling problems.

Please do not to have the artwork show a winning hand or a winning combination of symbols - this can be a trigger for some individuals who struggle with problem gambling.

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