Temecula, CA (PRWEB) July 02, 2013
Recently, three California casinos have been re-certified as Responsible Gambling Facilities by the California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG). Each casino received comprehensive training, complied with an extensive list of requirements, and demonstrated both the willingness and ability to help those affected by gambling addiction.
According to a major prevalence study, nearly four percent of adults in California - or almost one million people – fit the criteria of problem or pathological gamblers. Those afflicted with this devastating disease, which carries the highest suicide rate of any addiction, are about 3 times as likely to be arrested or go to jail. Gambling addiction is also linked to higher rates of divorce and domestic issues. For these and other reasons, the National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that the annual social cost of gambling addiction exceeds $8 billion. These sobering statistics demonstrate why helping pathological gamblers is vital to California.
As a non-profit organization, CCPG relies on voluntary contributions from various companies and individuals to fund its programs. Robert Jacobson, executive director of CCPG, said, "The contributions of our supporters, including the United Auburn Indian Community, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians provide essential aid in our quest to do what we do. Without them, we would not be able to reach the thousands of people who need our help each year."
This year, three casinos earned Silver Responsible Gambling Certifications for at least the fifth time: the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, the Viejas Casino & Resort and the Pechanga Resort & Casino.
"We applaud these three gaming facilities for continuing to take the necessary steps to help problem gamblers," Jacobson stated. "As more and more facilities take this initiative, those struggling with gambling addictions will be able to more easily get the help they need."
Founded in 1986, CCPG is a non-profit organization that works to assist problem gamblers and their families. By promoting awareness and education about this disease, CCPG is able to provide help for those struggling with problem gambling and their loved ones. To learn more about CCPG, contact them at 714-765-5804 or visit http://www.calpg.org.