Hamilton, NJ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 12/11/2017 -- The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) urges those with a family history of disordered gambling to learn the signs and symptoms of the behavior. A genetic tendency towards such unhealthy behavior can turn an activity like sports betting in Atlantic City into a risky proposition. Understanding the factors that lead to a disordered relationship with gambling can help people enjoy these activities responsibly.
During this time of year, countless people will celebrate the holidays with their families. When people catch up with their relatives, they tend to take note of their shared characteristics and idiosyncrasies. These shared qualities sometimes seem entirely coincidental. However, many of these similarities can actually be attributed to genetics.
The publication of the DSM-5 marked the first time problem gambling was included with other disordered behavior, such as that involving substance use. In that vein, more and more studies show that people with parents who display these behaviors are more likely to display the same or similar behaviors in turn. Research indicates that these tendencies can be attributed to neurological traits passed down through genes.
Neva Pryor, Executive Director of the CCGNJ, said, "We at the Council believe that education is prevention, and one of the first things you can educate yourself about is your family history." She added, "When people know that disordered gambling runs in the family, it's easier to make wise choices about gambling, and easier to seek help."
For those struggling with a disordered relationship to gambling for sports in Monmouth, NJ, or any other form of gambling, the CCGNJ offers support, treatment, and hope. To reach out, contact their hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER. Those that wish to learn more about the organization or make use of their online resources can visit them at their website, https://800gambler.org/.
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