The problems of gambling are a lot more complicated because the number of people that becomes addicted to it went double. In a 2014 San Francisco Gambling Addiction Statistics, reports show that most people who gamble in both live and online casinos are not aware of their addiction. That is why the implementation of a stepped-care approach of brief interventions, counseling, self-help tutorials, and a lot more healthcare-related resources become the substance of the Californian services.
When it comes to California’s government gambling policies, the whole system of gambling becomes deregulated. That is due to the proliferation of the machines used in casinos. However, it’s not limited there. The entire idea of users getting “easy access” to most gambling sites on the internet also adds a problem to its supposed control. That’s because the whole concept of creating a convenient environment for gamblers represents an expansion to the addiction. Therefore, the situation leaves the government without anything but a failed regulatory system.
California’s gambling enthusiasts consist of a wide range of different people, particularly the Chinese – Americans and immigrants. Due to their aggregate amount of addicted users, tons of public-private community partnerships focus on mass gambling prevention. Because unlike drugs and alcohol abuse, gambling addiction somehow gets overlooked due to its silent and hidden impact. Some cases of gambling addiction contribute to domestic violence, financial illiteracy, and sometimes higher rates of divorce. And since it creates massive community vulnerability, it is now a public health issue. Therefore, efforts for outreaching programs, education, and mental awareness are becoming necessary steps in the attempt of controlling gambling addiction.
The California Council that focuses on gambling problems encourages the community to stop gambling to overcome the addiction. Since there is a perceived community impact, the organization wishes to save everyone from their damaged mental state.