In the year 2000, South Carolina officially made video poker illegal. Flash forward to now, and there are four casinos in-state with more than 775 machines to gamble on. Plus, sports betting was inches away from becoming legal this year in SC. Sadly, just about 90,000 residents suffer from problem gambling, and if sports betting gets a green light, that number is going to go up drastically.
Gambling isn’t just an issue in The Palmetto 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.
SC Gambling Helpline
The state’s Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS) offers a helpline for residents to receive free support for problem gambling. Call 877-452-5155 or you can click here to visit the DAODAS gambling-specific website, which has more info and resources.
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.