IDPH Reminds Iowans Problem Gambling Assistance Is Free, Confidential And Available Day Or Night

State health officials are highlighting the free resources available to Iowans who are struggling with gambling addiction. Eric Preuss, manager of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) Iowa Gambling Treatment program, says, “Gambling problems are hard to talk about. Family and friends may not know how to help the person they care about and the problem gambler may feel alone or ashamed about their situation.” That is why it is important for Iowans to learn strategies to help themselves or their loved ones. The first step is to determine if a problem exists, and this is as simple as answering three simple questions regarding behavior in the last 12 months: have you become restless, irritable or anxious when trying to stop/cut down on gambling; have you tried to keep your family or friends from knowing how much you gambled; and did you have such financial trouble as a result of your gambling that you had to get help with living expenses from family, friends or welfare? Iowans who answer yes to one or more of these questions are encouraged to call 1-800-BETS-OFF to determine if treatment is necessary. Help is free, confidential and available 24/7. Additional resources are available by following the link included with this story on our website.