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Illegal Sports Betting Can Spiral out of Control, Says CCGNJ

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Hamilton, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/28/2016 -- Despite its illegality, sports betting--which includes football wagers, office "survival" pools and betting on sports outcomes via offshore sites--has increased in popularity and revenue. While it can't be determined exactly how much the underground industry is worth, it can be safely assumed to be in the billions. The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ) would like to urge anyone who struggles with uncontrollable gambling behavior, whether for sports results in Monmouth, NJ or offshore online gaming, to call or text their 24/7 hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER.

Problem gambling is often referred to as a "hidden addiction," one not as well-understood as substance abuse problems or other disordered behaviors. One factor that contributes to problem gambling's less visible status is that gambling and gaming are typically considered acceptable behavior to some degree. When it comes to sports, watching and wagering on games is a deeply ingrained part of American culture, and participation in sports wagers is typically seen as a harmless form of entertainment. However, a small fraction of those who participate in such wagers will develop an uncontrollable pattern of risky behavior that can lead to bankruptcy, divorce, depression and suicide.

The CCGNJ is neither for nor against legal gambling. Their primary concern is to connect sufferers of gambling disorders with the support, treatment and hope needed for consistent recovery. To facilitate their goals, the Council regularly publishes blogs and other informative literature, hosts easily accessible resources on its website ( and operates a 24/7, confidential hotline, 1-800-GAMBLER. Gamblers (and concerned friends and loved ones) who call the hotline will be immediately connected with recovery professionals ready to speak about treatment options and offer hope in dark times.

Learn more about treatment for sports gaming and other forms of betting in Freehold, NJ and throughout the state at

About The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey is a non-profit, private organization dedicated to helping individuals seek help for their disordered gambling problem, and for concerned friends and loved ones to confidentially express their concerns about someone close to them. Their 24/7 hotline is 800-GAMBLER. The Council also works to train professionals in the fields of gambling addiction and recovery.

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