Gambling is rather prevalent in Iowa. Per the state’s DPH (Department of Public Health), 9 out of Iowans have gambled in the past, 7 out of 10 in the past year, and 5 out of 10 in the last month. An estimated 1.2% of Iowa’s population suffers from problem gambling. That may seem like a small percentage, but it represents nearly 30,000 individuals.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Hawkeye 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.
Your Life Iowa
The Iowa DPH sponsors Your Life Iowa, a program dedicated to helping residents with a wide range of issues. For free and confidential help with problem gambling, call 800-238-7633 or text “HELP” to 1-855-895-8398. You can also click here to visit the Your Life Iowa gambling-specific website, which offers a live chat and more.
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.