Gambling addiction a focus as casino grows closer

March is "Problem Gambling Awareness Month"

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gambling was one major concern among opponents of MGM Springfield.

In Springfield Monday morning, the Northeast Consortium on Problem Gambling discussed how to work together to help get federal aid and boost public awareness of the issue.

Recovering addicts, nonprofit organization representatives acknowledged that people suffering from gambling disorders will gamble in many states. They said that’s why it’s crucial for public health organizations like Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling to unite with similar foundations in other states.

“Shirley”, a recovering gambling addict, told 22News, “As a gambler, we’re always taking those chances. The one that might actually pay off might be making that call, and there’s help and there’s hope, and it’s hard. I get how hard it is, because it’s so filled with shame, this addiction.”

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby said they have been given about 15 to 20 million dollars to deal with prevention, treatment, intervention and education resources about gambling.

He said there will soon be a center within each casino, including MGM Springfield, to help with gambling problems. It will be called ‘Game Sense’.

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