March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

The South Suburban Council, a substance use and mental health treatment facility and recovery home:  – As March Madness reaches a crescendo with an estimated $10 billion in bets placed on the NCAA basketball championship games, calls to the National Problem Gambling Helpline (1-800-522-4700) spike an average of 30% during the month.

For the second year, The South Suburban Council, in collaboration with the National Council on Problem Gambling, dedicates the month of March to helping people. The campaign theme “Awareness + Action” is all about taking action and having conversations about problem gambling issues and directing people to the help they may need. Approximately 2 million U.S. adults (1% of the population) are estimated to meet criteria for gambling disorder. Another 4-6 million (2-3%) are considered to meet criteria for problem gambling. And yet for many residents of the US, gambling remains a hidden addiction. The South Suburban Council offers FREE gambling disorder informational videos beginning February 24th 3-4P and staffs dedicated Professional Certified Gambling Counselors. The only service provider in the entire south suburban community to do so.

Using the tagline #AwarenessPlusAction, Problem Gambling Awareness Month (#PGAM) is designed to help raise awareness of the prevention, treatment and recovery services available for those adversely affected by gambling. This grassroots campaign brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including public health organizations, treatment providers, advocacy groups and gambling operators. They work collaboratively to let people know that hope and help exist.

“Across Illinois and Indiana, groups hold conferences, host screening and training days, run media campaigns, and conduct awareness initiatives to reach people who can make a difference in ensuring that problem gambling services are widely available and accessible,” said Bradley Stein of the South Suburban Council. Mr. Stein also mentions that The South Suburban Council website provides FREE Gambling Disorder Assessments which can be found here: https://sscouncil.org/free-screenings-2/

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call the South Suburban Council: 708.647.3333 or the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpg.org/chat for confidential help or 708.647.3333/3376 to speak with a counselor at The South Suburban Council.
For more information about problem gambling and how to increase awareness and action on problem gambling, go to www.ncpgambling.org/pgam or www.sscouncil.org

The South Suburban Council offers monthly FREE gambling disorder informational zoom meetings. The last Wednesday of every month from 3-4PM – https://sscouncil.org/free-groups/

About The South Suburban Council:

Licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery and certified for Medicaid reimbursement.

Illinois Department of Human Services Department of Mental Health (DMH) Licensed and Certified

Accredited by The Joint Commission

The Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion or national origin.

The Council is handicap accessible and gives pregnant women and injecting drug users priority to treatment services.

The Council does not deny access to service because of a proven inability to pay.

Funded in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

A State Licensed Facility

Mission Statement

We are The South Suburban Council, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to alcoholism, substance use and mental health treatment and recovery. The mission of The South Suburban Council is to deliver a continuum of treatment and recovery support services to residents of the greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana areas and those surrounding communities particularly to those who are financially disadvantaged. Licensed by the Illinois Department of Human services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and recovery and Division of Mental Health and certified for Medicaid reimbursement. The South Suburban Council is accredited by The Joint Commission. The South Suburban Council does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, HIV status, sexual orientation, transgender status, parental status or political affiliation. The South Suburban Council is handicap accessible and does not deny access to service because of a proven inability to pay.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Areas of Focus: Awareness, Treatment, and Prevention

  • Provide support services and access treatment avenues for individuals and families experiencing substance use disorder and mental health concerns
  • Educate the community on substance use disorder and mental health focusing on prevention, treatment, and recovery and relapse prevention.
  • Collaborate with all community sectors on substance use disorder focusing on prevention, treatment, recovery, and relapse prevention.
  • Support advocacy through education and training.
  • Participate, advocate, and lobby for recovery on a broader stage to regional, county, state, and federal organizations.

VALUES

The values of The South Suburban Council are focused on trust, resilience, friendship, and family.

CORE COMPETENCIES

The South Suburban Council core competencies include: Commitment to recovery and safety of our clients, emphasis on communication and influence and responsiveness to our client’s needs.

At The South Suburban Council, communication and responsiveness is prioritized and influence and mentorship is provided appropriately to aid in the client’s recovery with the help of house managers, life skills counselors, and peer mentorship.

Partially funded by the United Way.

About the National Council on Problem Gambling

NCPG is the national advocate for people and families affected by problem gambling. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling.  For information on NCPG’s 34th National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling, visit www.ncpgambling.org/conference.

 

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