40 or 50 years ago, gambling took effort if you wanted to do it regularly in the United States. You had to either go to a place where it was legal or you had to find someone to “help” you illegally. Things have changed radically since then. The dawn of the Internet Era has made gambling so easy, you don’t even have to get out of bed to do it. All you need to do is have a phone with a network connection and you’re on your way to betting on almost whatever you want, whenever you want. For a growing number of people, this is not a good thing, as problem gambling can have devastating consequences for those who don’t get the help they need.
If you’re wondering whether or not you have a gambling problem, you should know immediately that you are far from alone with these questions. Millions of people struggle with some form of a gambling problem, and that’s not going to change anytime soon now that more places are starting to legalize it. In fact, several different data points expect that gambling is going to continue to grow in prevalence in the United States, and as a result the number of people who struggle with it will as well. Take a look at some examples of these data below.
Millions of People Struggle
Not long ago, the National Council on Problem Gambling, or NCPG, released an expansive report that focused on problem gambling in the United States. According to that report, nearly 5.5 million people in the United States suffered from some sort of gambling problem within the previous year of the survey’s release. That’s equal to the number of people who live in Los Angeles and Philadelphia combined. It’s also roughly equivalent to the population of the entire state of Minnesota. Clearly, this is not a small problem and it’s not one that most people see as rare or on the fringe. It’s a real presence in the lives of millions of people across the country at any given time.
Billions of Dollars Lost
If you’re wondering if you’re a problem gambler, one of the reasons may be because you’re losing money. Once again, you should know that you’re very far from alone in this situation. The survey mentioned above estimates that problem gambling in the United States leads to a loss of approximately $6 billion every year. Once again, breaking that down further, you find the following in terms of monetary loss because of problem gambling in the United States:
- $16.4 million per day
- $685,000 per hour
- $11,415 per minute
- $190 per second
Every second in the United States, problem gamblers lose an estimated $190. Given that perspective, it’s easy to see why this is viewed as such a problem that’s only going to get worse as the opportunities to gamble grow exponentially.
How Swift Recovery Solutions Can Help
No one can afford to lose enormous amounts of money when gambling, but unfortunately many people with this problem are not able to stop themselves from continuing down this troubling path. Eventually, it leads to financial ruin and any number of other serious consequences. If you’re wondering whether or not you need help, you should find out now. Swift Recovery Solutions is a team of experienced professionals who can help you learn more about your challenge. We work directly with insurance companies and employers, so you won’t have to worry about hiding anything and you will know exactly where you stand in terms of insurance coverage before you make any decisions. Contact us today and become one of the many success stories who have put gambling in their past.