Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March marks Problem Gambling Awareness Month (PGAM). For some, gambling is a form of recreation that does not negatively impact their life. For others, these behaviors become addicting and take control over their life -this is problem gambling. Problem gambling can affect anyone, anywhere.

Gambling occurs in many forms including:

  • Betting on sports, horse racing, etc.
  • Traditional casino games such as slot machines, blackjack, roulette, etc.
  • Online (or mobile phone) poker or slot games
  • Fantasy sports
  • Games at home, work, or school

Signs of problem gambling may be less obvious and individuals may try to hide them from loved ones.

Some signs of problem gambling include:

  • Preoccupied with thoughts of gambling
  • Spending more time and money gambling
  • Lying or hiding gambling activity
  • Jeopardizing important relationships
  • Being irritable when not gambling
  • Gambling to win back losses
  • Exaggerating wins and minimizing losses
  • Borrowing money
  • Gambling debts
  • Missing work or other responsibilities

There is hope for those experiencing problem gambling and their loved ones. Free, confidential help and support is available.  

  • Find support resources from Oregon Problem Gambling Resource (OPGR) 24/7 at
  • Speak with a Problem Gambling Specialist from OPGR 24/7 toll free 1-877-MYLIMIT
  • Text the OPGR support line Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (503)-713-6000
  • The Lincoln County Problem Gambling Treatment Program can be reached Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (541) 265-4196