Research Questions for Addiction Integrated Project Gambling 


  1. What is the estimated number of people afflicted with this addiction in the US? Local stats?

 A recent research reveals that in America, approximately 2.5 million adults suffer from compulsive gambling, about 3 million are considered problem gamblers, around 15 million adults are under the risk of becoming problem gamblers and 148 million fall under the low risk gambler category.


  1. What age groups are generally affected most by the addiction 

The age groups 18-29 and 40-49 were more likely to report gambling problems, with 30 to 39-year-olds less involved, and those 50 and up in age reporting the fewest gambling problems . Among youth aged 14 to 19 years old in Windsor, Ontario, Govoni found 8.1% +–1.8% evidenced problem gambling based on a version of the SOGS designed for adolescents


  1. What socioeconomic factors may contribute to the addiction 

It is possible to develop a gambling problem when faced with problems such as debt, bad  credit, and various emotional problems without a proper outlet for recovery.

  1. When is the addiction likely to surface?

People are more likely to develop a gambling problem when they’re coping with major life changes or losses. The sudden social isolation that can come with retirement, the increased awareness of physical limitations that accompany aging, and the grief after the death of loved ones constitutes an overwhelming number of difficult life transitions that make older adults particularly vulnerable to developing gambling problems.

  1. How long does the addiction last? What is the rate of relapse with those who already have the addiction? 

Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death. It has been estimated that 50 to 75 percent of gamblers resume gambling after attempting to quit.


  1. Is this addiction treated at a rehabilitation facility and/ or what is the average time of rehabilitation?

Yes, there are a variety of residential or inpatient gambling addiction centers. Those who have been living with gambling addiction for a long period of time may benefit from a 60-day program. Patients who are living with a long-term addiction often choose a 90-day program to give them the best chance at a full recovery. Other options are available depending on the individual's needs.


  1. Can people with the addiction live a seemingly functional existence?

Recovery doesn't stop once rehab is complete. Many patients have sponsors or mentors who provide additional support as needed. While in treatment, the patient learns new coping skills and positive ways to handle stress.

  1. Is the addiction able to disrupt a functional existence?

Gambling addictions can lead to other serious effects, including loss of jobs, failed relationships and severe debt. Family members suffer physical and psychological abuse. More than 85 percent of families with a gambling addict have reported receiving threats from creditors and bill collectors.

  1. Does this addiction have a connection to family history? 

Family history contributes to the risk of becoming a pathological gambler. Studies show that a close relative of a problem gambler is eight times more likely to also have a problem with gambling.


  1. Is there a connection between this addiction and childhood or family abuse either by the addicted or the victims of the abuser.  

A twin cohort study found that child abuse increased the risk of being a pathological gambler by 131%, child neglect increased the risk of being a pathological gambler by 453%, witnessing someone badly hurt or killed increased the risk of being a pathological gambler by 183%, and  a physical attack increased the risk of being a pathological gambler by 239%.


11) What are the effective treatments that are available for this addiction?

The most effective treatments would be therapy or group counseling to find the reasoning behind the addiction and solve it appropriately.  


12) What are the personal costs of supporting this addiction?

The personal costs of supporting this addiction may vary from low costs to into the thousands. Gambling loses nationally from a census in 2009 come to an average of about $556 lost per household annually.


13) What are the cost of treatments for this addiction? 

The cost of gambling addiction treatment programs varies by location. Private gambling addiction rehab centers generally accept insurance, and financing options are also available. Outpatient treatment often costs less than residential treatment because inpatient centers offer care 24 hours a day whereas outpatient care is only for a few hours per day.



14) Notable people/historical figures that have suffered from this addiction are? 

Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Tobey Maguire, Ben Affleck, Allen Iverson, Charlie Sheen, Ray Romano and many other notable people suffer or have suffered from gambling addictions.


15) What mental issues could contribute to or affect this addiction?

Some people who are depressed try to use gambling as a sort of escape to try to soothe their anxieties and worries. One addiction cannot heal another, so trying to escape mental health problems by gambling will not be any sort of help at all. This may lead the addict even further into depression.



16) What physical or health related side effects might this addiction cause?


This addiction may cause self-esteem issues, stomach ailments, insomnia, colitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, heart disease, and migraines. It could also lead the addict to smoking or drinking, which could cause even more health problems.


17) What is the fatality rate of those diagnosed with this addiction?

Gambling can lead to financial devastation, not necessarily death. But, with this addiction, the loss of money and stability can lead to depression. And that can lead to suicide. 1 in 5 problem gamblers have attempted suicide.


18) What specific addiction problems are most prevalent in our local community?

Drugs, alcohol, lying, shopping, gambling, and self harm are some of the most prevalent addictions in our local community. 


19) Besides the Betty Ford clinic, what additional facilities or programs are available in the Coachella Valley?

List of Clinics..

Axis Residential Clinic 

California Highlands Addiction Treatment

Sunspire Health Desert Palms


Recovery Programs..

Awareness Program

Riverside County Department of Mental Health 

Family services of the Desert Inc Indio Office


20) What approximately is the annual cost to taxpayers in our community and/or country to treat people with addictions?

The annual cost to treat people with addictions cost taxpayers over $22.2 billion annually.