In 2005, legal gambling found its way to Arkansas after forty years of it being illegal. It began with electronic gambling at horseracing events, and by 2009 the state has its own lottery. However, it wasn’t until 2021 when Arkansas created an in-state problem gambling council. Their first report found more than 20,000 state residents suffering from gambling-related issues.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Natural State. It’s an issue nationwide. Nine out of ten Americans have gambled at least once, and 6 out of 10 Americans gamble at least once a year. Around 6% of us report having gambling issues, and around 1% of us report a severe gambling addiction. One percent of the American population is over 3.3 million people. Fortunately, there’s help available to you, at no cost. Let us help you stop problem gambling today.
Gambling Addiction Hotline
This free and anonymous helpline is available 24/7 for anyone in the US to call and receive guidance and resources on problem gambling. Call 844-779-2637 to be connected with a specialist, or click here to visit the hotline’s website which offers more information and multiple external links. The hotline provides support for all forms of addiction and/or crisis. Call today.
As mentioned, Arkansas formed its own council last year to fight problem gambling. The Arkansas Problem Gambling Council exists to help residents with their gambling issues. Click here to visit the website, loaded with help and resources, as well as a link to the NCPG Hotline (see below).
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has existed to help problem gamblers for fifty years now. It offers a 24/7 helpline for anyone suffering from gambling addiction. Call or text 1-800-522-4700 to reach a specialist, or click here to visit the website which offers a chat feature.