CORE Provides Free Help For Gambling Disorders In Louisiana

Mar 7, 2019

CORE IN SHREVEPORT - The Center of Recovery (CORE) in Shreveport is one of 10 locations in Louisiana that offers free treatment for problem compulsive gambling disorders.
Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

MARCH GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH-  Governor John Bel Edwards, along with Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins and Mayor Lo Walker of Bossier joined in a proclamation yesterday officially making the month of March “Problem Gambling Awareness Month” in Louisiana.   The event took place yesterday at the CORE Center of Recovery located at 935 Stoner Avenue in Shreveport.     Approximately 4 to 6 million adults in the U.S. are estimated to meet criteria for having a gambling addiction.  And with March Madness around the corner,  experts  agree this month shows a spike in sports  gambling.   

ANNOUNCING PROCLAMATION - Bossier Mayor Lo Walker reads the proclamation announcing March as "Problem Gambling Awareness Month" in Louisiana as Janet Miller (L) and Shelli Briery (R) look on.
Credit Courtesy: Chuck Smith / Red River Radio News

"This is a hidden, almost invisible addiction. People are walking around as family and friends who have it, suffering and struggling and not able to talk," explained Janet Miller, Executive Director for the La. Association on Compulsive Gambling . "I say let's us talk about it, let's us who may not have the problem or the addiction but that we bring it up.  And that we remind them there's treatment all over Louisiana free and at no cost to you."

If you’d like more information about the kinds  of  free services that CORE provides and would like to locate help in your area,  Louisiana Problem  Gamblers  Helpline  is (877) 770-STOP / (877) 770 – 7867 or you can go to the website  HelpForGambling.org.  All inquiries will be kept confidential.