SAN DIEGO, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Whether it’s a March Madness office betting pool or sitting in the sports books in Las Vegas placing bets on the Masters Golf Tournament and opening week of Major League Baseball, the coming months are fraught with sporting events which lure millions of gamblers to place their bets.
Given the tenfold growth of the gambling industry in the U.S. since 1975 and the recent surge of online gambling, it is no surprise that 6 to 9 million Americans have a gambling problem in any given year.
“The Internet has created a new frontier of gambling,” said Dr. Stephen Grinstead, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), who specializes in addiction. “With the convenience and prevalence of gambling, signs that a person may be struggling with what we refer to as a process addiction to gambling may go undetected. It is important to identify the signs and symptoms of addiction and seek professional help if needed.”