Is It Time to Slow Down The Expansion Of Casino’s And State Lotteries? YES!!
According to the Las Vegas Problem Gambling Center, around 40% of the people they see are over the age of 50 and more disturbing is that often chronic health conditions within this group are related to gambling addiction.
Some years ago, San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor who is in her 60’s and who was addicted to video poker, landed herself in a $13 million debt to various casinos and even at one point, she used more than $3 million from a charity foundation that her late husband had set up.
The problem seems to be growing daily as the number of casinos in the U.S. has grown from being limited to Atlantic City and Nevada while now, these casinos are available in more than 30 states with more on the way.
Without consistent monthly income, these seniors are cashing in their social security checks in the hope of catching the big one, but this just isn’t the case and the gambling addiction problem is simply growing daily.
*Some News About Gambling Casino & State Lottery Expansions*
It is clearly evident that there is a common desire in Colorado to expand gambling in order to boost the economy. A Rhode Island company, Twin River Worldwide Holdings, is leading a group of Canadians to try and expand gambling to the Pueblo, Arapahoe and Mesa counties.
It seems that various Colorado communities are considering expanding gambling in order to boost the economy in the region.
Meanwhile, others are trying to expand gambling on the Western slope while limited stakes gambling could be up for a vote soon. Since the state has already legalized the use of marijuana, Action 22, which is a regional group lobbying for gambling in the south of Colorado, feels that gambling should be expanded in the region.
Opposing these groups is the Colorado Gaming Association who already represents casinos in Central City, Black Hawk and Cripple Creek. Their objections are against the fact that the new casinos will be large Vegas–style casinos and that the initiative will give the Arapahoe Park owner a 5-year monopoly on Front Range gaming in the state.
As a result of this conflict of interest, existing hotels in the area such as the Monarch Casino Black Hawk has placed their intended expansions on hold until the final outcome of this initiative.
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office has received two measures to allow table games, slots and video lottery terminals at the Aurora racetrack as well as two other future racetracks in Mesa and Pueblo counties.
The upside of this initiative is that the community would receive 2% of the casino profits as well as $10m in upfront fees while the State will receive $25M. Meanwhile, Trinidad is also considering gaming in the area and Tom Acre, the City Manager, has said that he will bring up this topic at the City Council retreat.
*Now I don’t know about you, but I’m getting very TIRED of States using gambling profits to boost the “State Budget Short Falls” as we already have to pay a TAX on many other things like Gas, Smokes, and Alcohol. And THEY use the excuse that “State Lottery Profits” are going to help our schools, and other services, but why then is our schools still CLOSING? Why are the school’s Music, Band, and Sports programs STILL getting CUT? I think it’s time for STATES to find other ways besides Gambling Profits to fix their Budget Woes!*
And Lastly, more about our Senior’s and Problem Gambling,…
“Seniors Impetus & Problem Gambling”
Who’d know, that conscious and adult people could be hooked by gambling addiction. Serious games for seniors can be converted into the most serious addiction problem, because it’s really hard to convince mature people that they are not right and their life style, which leads to the serious problems, is incorrect.
Loneliness, boredom are just individual problems, which can happen in life of every adult person, really provoke different desperate decisions, provoking addiction symptoms. It is considered that gamblers of female gender tend to play such games, as slots more often, and thus they express their escapism, while men, who vice versa want to feel as valid members of society, are playing such games, as roulette or craps.
At first, adults perceive gambling as a kind of luxurious entertainment that they seldom experience because of a full-time job and very brief weekends. Gambling is not an innocent amusement, during which people just relax and get pleasure. The strong and sharp feelings of heat and greed, which it evokes, can cause a wish to continue playing all the time.
Statistics announces that one among 10 seniors usually have all the possibilities to become one of the addicted gamblers. The members of this age group just don’t come to the casino in order to have a chat or great recreation, the greatest idea of luck is being generated in the brain of every senior person during gambling it’s like a check of destiny for them. The doctor of Psychology of Medical Centre in Nebraska indicates that all the sorts of entertainment for seniors, especially if they like it very much; tend to grow into some kind of addiction. Their life is too monotonous to resist those incredible feelings of freedom and luck.
During the period from 1974 till 1994, the seniors’ gamblers percentage grew for 30% (from 20% to 50%). The main factor is that adults are really obstinate and just refuse to hear and to acknowledge the fact of their guiltiness. If for the teenagers and just young people, it’s quite possible to give childish explanations for serious outcomes of problem gambling, seniors just don’t understand it.
And the most horrible thing in the entire situation with adults’ addiction is that their children suffer. And it’s not the case, where one of the spouses just can abandon an addict and finish suffering. Here, children are powerless, and there are no people that could instruct the gamblers in more of the cases. Children face lots of risk to become the same and follow the mother’s\father’s example. Their child can have the highest psychological complications and an adjustment disorder, observing adult’s addiction. Even such a serious syndrome as Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be provoked in the gambler’s children (especially in boys).
*Yes, this is true about our loved ones are effected to when we become addicted to gambling. This will be my next “Topic” I’ll explore and blog in my next post. To share insights from the our loved ones, family, and our friends who may have been hurt while we where in the worst of our addiction! I hope this information has been helpful to you. Not just those in recovery, or those who are reaching out to stop the “insanity” of gambling addiction, but for those who don’t know that these things do happen. To help shatter the stigma around an addiction that is so Socially Accepted by our society. YOU CAN BECOME ADDICTED*…
National Hotline for Gambling Help ~ 1-800-522-4700
National Suicide Hotline ~ 1-800-273-8255
Stop Predatory Gambling ~ http://stoppredatorygambling.org
GOD BLESS ALL,
AUTHOR, CATHERINE TOWNSEND-LYON
*UPDATE/REMINDER*…. AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENTARY IS AIRING TONIGHT ABOUT GAMBLING ADDICTION*!
With an estimated 150,000 problem gamblers in the state and a growing number of casino-based gambling opportunities available in Maryland and surrounding states, problem gambling has become epidemic. To explore the issue, MPT presents Understanding Joy: The Devastation of a Gambling Addiction, a revealing documentary on the destructive nature of gambling addiction. The one-hour special also will feature a panel of experts and a call-in telephone bank to respond to viewers’ questions or requests for help.
Produced by Susan Hadary and John Anglim of MedSchool Maryland Productions and with funding by the Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, a program of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Understanding Joy enters the mind of Joy, a 57-year-old woman. Joy’s gambling addiction has overcome her sense of morality and driven her to embezzle $700,000 from two employers. As she awaits sentencing for her crime, Joy struggles to explain her disease to her children, to the world, and to herself.
Understanding Joy executive producer for MPT Frank Batavick explains that the documentary will be presented in three segments. During breaks between segments, MPT anchor Yolanda Vazquez will interview nationally recognized local experts on gambling addiction and responsible gambling. These experts and specially trained counselors will be available to receive calls from the public during and after the broadcast at the MPT toll-free number 1-800-222-1292.
To address the increase in problem gambling, the Maryland Center of Excellence of Program Gambling supports an ongoing public awareness campaign to help problem gamblers and their families become familiar with the symptoms of the addiction and how to get help. The center maintains a 24-hour help line (1-800-522-4700) and a public awareness website (www.mdproblemgambling.com) and supports numerous public outreach initiatives through MedSchool Maryland Productions….
*PLEASE VISIT HERE FOR MORE INFO*
> MD Problem Gambling
*IF YOU don’t live in MD, it will stream live on Twitter!*