November 28, 2012
I believe that my first awareness of Nevada's Council for Problem Gambling came when I was gambling and would see these annoying brochures around the casinos "When the Fun Stops" and I glanced through it and said 'that's not me, I can control my gambling'. Well, another two years of misery, thousands of dollars gambled and the emptiness inside was creating suicidal thoughts, I not only called the number on the brochure but got help through a 12-step program. Almost 11 years later away from the bet, I got to know Carol O' Hare and her remarkable, dedicated, and hard-working staff in the last five or so years. I have volunteered to help put together conference materials and participated (and completed) the 30hour course with the thought of pursuing another masters degree in counseling, specifically gambling addiction. I know that the Council participates in many health fairs around the valley and provide numerous training sessions for the gaming industry to help their employees recognize problem gamblers. It is a shame that their funding has been so drastically reduced over the last couple of years because they currently do a lot, with the limited resources they have, heavily relying on volunteers to provide labor and love for those utilizing the Problem Gambler's hotline.
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